October 13, 2016
The Philippines Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) has issued Memorandum Circular No. 16-04 Policies on Christmas Lights/Lightning Chains Certification on September 2, 2016.
The circular specifies the following:
- Mandatory certification of LED Christmas lights/lightning chains shall be implemented by the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) using PNS 189:2000
- For year 2016, all Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certificates for Christmas lights/lightning chains issued by BPS from January 1, 2013 shall be valid. However, from 2017, the ICC certificates shall be valid for 5 years only.
A list of Christmas lights/lightning chains with valid ICC certificates and stickers was also released on September 8, 2016.