The Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) undertakes review of the Philippine National Standard (PNS) 49:2002, Steel bars for concrete reinforcement – Specification (PNS 49:2002) through the BPS Technical Committee on Steel (BPS/TC 11) Sub-Committee on Steel for Long Products (SC 01).
The PNS 49:2002 specifies the requirements for deformed steel bars for concrete reinforcement. It applies to steel bars manufactured from prime billets or ingots, supplied as rolled or hot-rolled with subsequent quenching and self-tempering.
DTI-BPS Director Engr. James E. Empeño emphasizes, “The BPS periodically reviews a PNS to ensure that the standard remains relevant and useful to its consumers. The urgent review of PNS 49 is necessary to consider global developments and subsequently assist the Philippine government, industry, and, consumers.”
The revision of PNS 49 began on August 2017 and is expected to be finished within the year, depending on issues that will be raised and decided by the TC. The BPS Technical Committee will conduct its third meeting on 25 January 2018 to discuss the provisions on sampling procedures and alignment of the standard to the recent National Structural Code of the Philippines (NSCP).
Conforming to the BPS Directives in developing, reviewing and promulgating a PNS, the BPS TC 11 is composed of representatives from the academe, trade and industry, consumers, professional association/s, research institution/s, government agencies, and, testing Institution/s.
As the National Standards Body of the Philippines, the Bureau of Philippine Standards is tasked to develop/adopt, promulgate, implement and promote Philippine National
Standards mandated by the Republic Act (RA) 4109 Series of 1964.