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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released a Department Administrative Order (DAO) that declares the mandatory implementation of 12 Philippine National Standards (PNS) that were aligned to the International Standard (IS) of the International - Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

The DAO 18-03 or the Mandatory Philippine National Standards (PNS) for Household and Similar Electrical Appliances adopts the Philippine National Standard/ International - Electrotechnical Commission (PNS/IEC) standards for mandatory implementation under the Product Certification Scheme of the DTI- Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS). The following standards were declared for mandatory certification:

1. PNS IEC 60335-1:2011 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety – Part 1: General Requirements
2. PNS IEC 60335-2-3:2005 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2 - 3: Particular requirements for electric irons
3. PNS IEC 60335-2-4:2016 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2 - 4: Particular requirements for spin extractors
4. PNS IEC 60335-2-7:2016 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2 - 7: Particular requirements for washing machines
5. PNS IEC 60335-2-9:2016 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2 - 9: Particular requirements for grills, toasters and similar portable cooking appliances
6. PNS IEC 60335-2-14:2016 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2 - 14: Particular requirements for kitchen machines
7. PNS IEC 60335-2-15:2015 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2 - 15: Particular requirements for appliances for heating liquids
8. PNS IEC 60335-2-24:2013 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2 - 24: Particular requirements for refrigerating appliances, ice-cream appliances and ice-makers
9. PNS IEC 60335-2-25:2015 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2 -25: Particular requirements for microwave ovens, including combination microwave ovens
10. PNS IEC 60335-2-40:2013 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2 - 40: Particular requirements for electrical heat pumps, air- conditioners and dehumidifiers
11. PNS IEC 60335-2-80:2016 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2 - 80: Particular requirements for fans
12. PNS IEC 60065:2013 - Audio, video and similar electronic apparatus - Safety requirements

Through DAO 18-03, the DTI-BPS adds 14 products that the DTI-BPS regulates prior to its distribution and sale in the market. These are: spin extractors, fully-automatic washing machines, electric grills, electric ovens, turbo broilers, induction cookers, electric juicers, electric food mixers, electric food processors, electric kettles, electric pressure cookers, electric slow cookers, electric multi-cookers, and, inverter air
conditioners.

“The DAO 18-03 on the mandatory certification of Philippine National Standards declare the products under these standards to go through the process of testing and verification. This will ensure that only safe and quality household and similar electrical appliances are in sold in the country,” DTI- Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) Undersecretary Atty. Ruth B. Castelo underscored. (more)

The DAO also states that the BPS shall update 11 of the 35 PNS for electrical and electronic products that are currently being implemented for mandatory certification to their higher versions.

Under the DAO 18-03, a manufacturer’s in-plant testing must be able to conduct test parameters as prescribed by the relevant PNS using its own inspection, measuring and, test equipment. For independent testing, samples must be tested at 230 V a.c., 60Hz and should comply with the requirements of the relevant standards by a BPS recognized testing laboratory.

DTI-BPS Director-in-Charge Engr. James Empeño stressed, “The DTI-BPS encourages the industry particularly the manufacturers and importers of these household appliances to take advantage and apply for the voluntary certification of these products. After six (6) months of the DAO 18-03’s effectivity, we will require them to undergo the mandatory product certification procedures.”

Signed last 29 January 2018, the DTI DAO 18-03:2018 or the Mandatory Philippine National Standards (PNS) for Household and Similar Electrical Appliances takes effect 15 days after its publication in a national newspaper of general circulation. The DTI published the said DAO in the Manila Times and Manila Standard last 10 February 2018 and made effective on 25 February 2018.

For a copy of the Department Administrative Order DAO 18-03:2018, visit the BPS Standards and Conformance Portal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more info on the said DAO, call BPS at (02) 751.4708.♦

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