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DTI Issues Circular Policies in Christmas Lights Certification

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.