In accordance with the Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau’s (FTEB) annual plans, programs, and commitment for continual improvement, the Enforcement Division (ED) conducted a three-day Refresher Seminar from 26-28 January 2021 at the DTI-FTEB office.

The retooling session focused on the processes that products covered by technical regulation must go through with the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Mark and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certification scheme of the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS).

As part of the said retooling, the ED Team visited the BPS Testing Laboratory (BPSTL) located at Salawag, Dasmariñas, Cavite on 26 January 2021 for actual demonstration of the product testing procedures. They were also apprised of the processes on how machines and equipment work in the testing laboratory and the various stages of product testing per product category conducted by the BPS Standards Testing Division prior to market distribution.  Further, they were taught techniques on how to determine whether a product is conforming or non-conforming through the use of physical testing and without the aid of machines and equipment which could be useful in the field.

FTEB Director Ronnel O. Abrenica emphasized the vital role of the Enforcement Division and fully supports the worthwhile undertaking of the Division. “This seminar will help craft a concrete group work plan for the year and will redound to the benefit of consumers as we improve the delivery of the Office mandate,” Director Abrenica added.

For more information regarding products covered by technical regulations, consumers may visit the BPS website at or may call Consumer Care Hotline at DTI (1-384) or email at for questions or clarifications. ♦

Date of Release: 16 February 2021