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Philippines issues new mandatory certification rules: uncertified e-cigarettes will be banned from sale

June 30,2024 | View: 2403

The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is set to release supplemental guidelines for mandatory certification of e-cigarette products, which will require all products to obtain a PS mark or ICC sticker, and uncertified products will be banned from sale. The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) plans to release supplementary guidelines for mandatory e-cigarette product certification next month, according to Philippine media outlet The Philippine Star. In a press conference, Trade Assistant Secretary Amanda Nograles said a public consultation was held to discuss the supplemental guidelines on the technical provisions for mandatory e-cigarette product certification. According to Nograles, the Memorandum Circular (MC) for the supplemental guidance was issued in response to the impending effective date of mandatory e-cigarette product registration and certification in June of this year, as mandated by Republic Act 11900, the Electronic Cigarette Act. This means that by June this year, all e-cigarette products manufactured or imported should be given the Philippine Standard (PS) mark or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker. Products recognized by DTI with the PS Mark or ICC sticker are products that it has confirmed have met the Philippine domestic standards for quality and safety. Likewise, products prior to distribution in the local market that are covered by the mandatory product certification program should also bear the PS Mark or ICC sticker.

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