Following the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) heightened enforcement operations against illegal vape products, Secretary Fred Pascual directed his officials to assess the Department’s preparedness in implementing the Vape Law and to identify any equipment needed for testing.

“It is essential to have a well-maintained machinery, up-to-date methodologies, and an efficient laboratory management system to bring vapor products into the market with greater confidence in their safety and performance,” Secretary Pascual emphasized.

On 22 February 2024, the DTI’s Consumer Protection Group, led by Assistant Secretary Amanda Nograles inspected existing vape testing facilities in the Bureau of Philippine Standards laboratory in Cavite. This inspection evaluated the testing protocols for vapor products and related accessories, including dry cells and secondary batteries. The team also conducted assessments of various laboratory instruments ensuring the integrity and efficacy of the testing process.

Currently, budgetary constraints prevent the testing facilities from covering HTP consumables, e-liquids for vapor products, and nicotine pouches. The House Committee on Ways and Means has instructed the DTI and the DBM to secure additional funding in the National Expenditure Program (NEP) to expand the DTI’s testing capabilities.

Moreover, the additional budget will fund more testing facilities for HTP consumables and e-liquids, and enhance DTI’s certification process, vital for public safety.

By June 2024, the product registration and other related provisions of RA 11900 will take effect. All importation and manufacturing of vaporized nicotine and non-nicotine products and novel tobacco products shall be required to undergo the DTI mandatory certification process prior to market distribution.

Secretary Pascual reaffirmed DTI’s commitment to providing consumers with high-quality products that meet both national and international standards. Furthermore, the DTI will continue its efforts to ensure Philippine factories comply with government standards. 

The DTI urges consumers to report violators through the Consumer Care Hotline at DTI (1-384) or ♦

Date of release: 29 February 2024