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Quality Standards
 

The Bureau of Product Standards (BPS), as the National Standards Body of the Philippines, develops, promulgates, implements, and coordinates standardization activities in the Philippines as prescribed in Republic Act (RA) No. 4109 or the Standards Law and RA 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

BPS is an active member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ), the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC), the Asia-Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC), and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

Programs and Services:
1. Standards Development
  • Develops, reviews, and updates Philippine National Standards (PNS) for products and services
  • Harmonizes PNS with international standards
2. Standards Promotion
  • Promotes standards and standardization and conformity assessment activities
  • Conducts awareness sessions, training programs, fora, exhibits, trade fairs, and seminars
  • Establishes network with trade associations, industry organizations, academe, and other government agencies to facilitate communication with regards to the implementation of standards
3. Standards Enforcement and Consumer Assistance
  • Conducts regular market monitoring and enforcement operations nationwide
  • Acts on consumer complaints/reports
  • Holds seminars for the manufacturers, importers, traders, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers on their responsibilities to the buying public
4. Product Testing Services
  • Offers third-party testing of products through its BPS Testing Center
  • Performs electrical, chemical, and mechanical testing of products primarily to support the BPS Product Certification Scheme
5. Product Certification Program
  • Issues the Philippine Standards (PS) License and the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) to manufacturers and importers, respectively, that complies with the safety and quality requirements of a specific standard
6. Registration of Assessors Services
  • Supervises the National Registration Scheme for Quality Management System (QMS) and Environmental Management System
  • Updates assessors on matters concerning international quality and environmental standards
7. Information Services
  • Offers Library services/Standards Data Center
  • Receives inquiries and fills orders for copies of local, foreign and international standards, catalogues, standards-related publications, and metrication materials
8. WTO TBT Enquiry Point Services
  • Assists exporters in identifying and obtaining overseas standards and regulatory and testing requirements that are affecting their products
9. International Services
  • Performs and oversees activities concerned with regional and international affairs of the BPS particularly on the development of memorandum of understanding (MOU) and mutual recognition arrangements (MRA) in a bilateral and multilateral level
10. Accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies
  • Awards certificates of accreditation to management system certification bodies that issue Certificates of ISO 9001 or QMS, ISO 14001/Environmental Management System (EMS), and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)
11. Laboratory Accreditation
  • Accredits testing and calibration laboratories through the BPS Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (BPSLAS)
12. Training
  • Extends technical assistance through seminars and training programs both for the government and private sectors
Click here to visit the Standards and Conformance Portal for more information. 
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