March 9, 2021
By Anthony Guimba, Philippine regulatory program expert
Underwriters Laboratories and the Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS), the national standards body of the Philippines, recently signed a collaboration and licensing agreement through which the two organizations agree to share information and work together to bolster the safety, security and sustainability of the Philippines.
As the national standards body in the Philippines, the DTI-BPS is responsible for the development and promotion of Philippines National Standards (PNS) as well as the nation’s participation in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). DTI-BPS also participates actively in regional standards organizations such as Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) and ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality (ACCSQ).
Under the terms of the agreement, DTI-BPS and Underwriters Laboratories agree to foster communication and collaboration to avoid duplication of work while enhancing the effectiveness and relevance of the national standardization system of the Philippines for the protection of consumer safety and well-being, facilitation of trade and investment. The partnership will focus on sectors supporting national priorities ranging from electrical appliances, electric vehicles, advanced manufacturing, fire safety and batteries.
“Recognizing the Philippines as one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing economies, we are extremely excited to collaborate with DTI-BPS and contribute to sustainable growth for the country and the region,” said Phil Piqueira, Underwriters Laboratories vice president of global standards. “With over 100 years of standards development experience in both legacy safety and emerging areas, our partnership with DTI-BPS will strengthen the safety and resilience of the Philippines.”
DTI-BPS Director Neil P. Catajay welcomes the collaboration with Underwriters Laboratories to benefit the local manufacturing industries and the professional design practice. “Creating partnerships with foreign standards development organizations is very important for our country to be abreast and updated with the global community," he said. "The DTI-BPS’ collaboration with Underwriters Laboratories provides the opportunity to access additional tools through the use of UL Standards for enhancing global market access and benchmarking solutions to address present and foreseen social challenges.”
How UL can help:
UL has BPS recognized laboratories that can offer the testing service for PS mark certification without sending samples to the Philippines for in-country testing.