Friday, February 23, 2018

DTI Releases Order on Mandatory Implementation of LED Lamp Standard

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued the Department Administrative Order (DAO) 18-02 adopting the Philippine National Standard International -
Electrotechnical Commission (PNS/IEC) 62560:2012 – Self-Ballasted LED Lamps for
General Lighting Services by Voltage > 50V – Safety Requirements, as one of the PNS
for mandatory implementation under the DTI-Bureau of Philippine Standards’ (DTI-
BPS) Product Certification Scheme.

The DAO 18-02 declares the Philippine National Standard (PNS) for Self- Ballasted
LED Lamps for General Lighting Services, for mandatory implementation thus, the self-ballasted LED lamp is now added to the list of products that the DTI regulates prior to their distribution to the market.

DTI- Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) Undersecretary Atty. Ruth B. Castelo
emphasized, “This DAO is a result of a series of public consultations with relevant
stakeholders. This will further the department’s efforts in ensuring the safety of our consumers especially now that more and more individuals and organizations are using LED lamps in their homes and workplaces”.

Under the DAO 18-02, the importers or manufacturers of self-ballasted LED lamps with a rated wattage of up to 30 W; a rated voltage of > 50 V up to 250V; and, E14 and
E27capped- LED lamps, must secure an Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) or a
Philippine Standard (PS) License prior to its distribution and sale.

The DAO 18-02 also states that a manufacturer must be able to conduct test
parameters on marking completeness, legibility, and durability; interchangeability; protection against accidental contact with live parts; insulation resistance and electric
strength test; mechanical strength test (torsion resistance); and, cap temperature rise.
“We advise the buying public to make it a habit to look for the PS mark or ICC stickers
when purchasing not only LED lamps, but also other products that the DTI regulates.
This will only help ascertain that these products were tested and verified for their safety and quality,” DTI-BPS Director-in-Charge Engr. James EmpeƱo affirmed.

Signed last 29 January 2018, the DTI DAO 18-02 or the Mandatory Philippine National
Standard (PNS) for Ballasted LED Lamps for General Lighting Services takes effect 15
days after its publication in a national newspaper of general circulation.

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