THE Department of Trade
and Industry (DTI) said it is
setting up a new testing facility for cement this year to
strengthen the country’s testing capabilities.
DTI Bureau of Product
Standards (BPS) director Neil
Catajay said the agency allocated budget for the testing facility for cement as well as other
equipment for testing of products that need certification.
“For setting up a testing
facility for cement by BPS, our
target is to finish within the
first semester of the year. Our
procurement of equipment is
ongoing so that in the third
quarter, we can conduct testing),” Catajay said.
He said the BPS taps third
party testing laboratories to
test cement products to be sold
in the domestic market.
The country has two testing laboratories for cement, he
Catajay added that the BPS
also accepts product standard
testing done overseas from
foreign laboratories which are
recognized by an accreditation
body that are signatories to the
International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation.
Aside from cement, BPS is
adding testing equipment for
He said the BPS also eyes
to expand the mandatory certification for e-cigarettes, personal protective equipment,
face masks, and air purifiers.
“We are looking at adding
these products for mandatory certification that’s why we
are preparing the equipment
to test these products,” Catajay said.