DTI: Xmas lights must have ICC sticker like bike helmets PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 December 2012 14:47

As the holiday season draws near, the Department of Trade and industry (DTi) once again reminds consumers to be vigilant and buy only Christmas lights that bear the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark to be certain of the product’s performance and safety.

DTI-Consumer Welfare and Business Regulation Group (CWBRG) Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya states, “Similarly with motorcycle helmets and other critical products that it regulates, the DTS alerts the general public to always check the iCC mark prior to their purchase of Christmas lights”.

DTI regulates the sale of Christmas lights in the local market to protect consumers from the hazards posed by this product.   Under the DTi-Bureau of Product Standards’ (BPS) Product Certification Scheme, all importers of Christmas lights are required to have their import shipments (on a per Bill of Lading basis) subjected to sampling and testing based on the requirement of Philippine National Standards on Christmas lights (PNS 189:2000) at the BPS Testing Center and other DTI accredited or recognized Testing Centers, prior to its sale. Only those importers whose products comply with PNS requirements are issued with the Import Commodity Clearance, and are authorized to affix the !CC sticker in their products.

“Uncertified sets of Christmas lights pose great hazards to its users, such as electric shock and overheating that often leads to fire. The DTI reiterates for consumers to buy only Christmas lights that have passed the required safety tests and inspections by the department,” Usec. Maglaya emphasized.

The DTI reminds consumers that aside from looking for the iCC marks, they should also check if the sets of Christmas lights are completely labeled with the supplier’s/distributor’s name and address or trademark or brand, rated voltage and rated wattage of the set; rated voltage and rated wattage of the lamp; the words, “For indoor use only”: the number of this standard (PNS 189:2000); and country of origin.

Engr. Roiando G. Acuha, provinciaI director, Department of Trade & industry Zarnboanga City office, is exhorting the buying public to report to his office any sighting of trade malpractice in the sale of Christmas lights at: 2nd Floor,V.H. Wee Building, Veterans Avenue, Zarnboanga City or call Tel. Nos. 9912704 or 9912705. (CJR)