GI sheets to undergo mandatory testing

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    The Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) has added hot-dip metallic-coated and pre-painted galvanized coils and sheets to the list of products covered by the Mandatory Product Certification Schemes.

    Under Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 20-10, series of 2020 issued on Dec. 28, 2020, hot-dip metallic-coated and pre-painted galvanized coils and sheets, whether local or foreign, are now required to secure the Philippine Standard (PS) Safety Certification Mark License prior to selling, distribution or use of their products in the Philippines.

    Importers, on the other hand, are now required to source their products from foreign manufacturers holding valid PS Licenses only.

    The regulation aims to ensure these steel products meet the specified quality requirements prescribed by the BPS before these are manufactured, imported, sold or distributed in the Philippines.

    The technical regulation covers only the following products: hot-dip metallic-coated steel coils and sheets intended for roofing and general applications; and pre-painted galvanized steel coils and sheets for roofing and general applications.  All other hot-dip metallic-coated and pre-painted galvanized steel coils and sheets intended as raw materials for the manufacture of automotive products, appliances, furniture, and electrical and electronics and hot-rolled carbon steel strips for pipes and tubes are not covered by the technical regulation, but importers thereof are required to apply for Certificate of Exemption from BPS.