Collaborating to Achieve International Standards Cooperation

Underwriters Laboratories and Bureau of Philippine Standards Sign Collaborative Agreement

November 20, 2020

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Underwriters Laboratories and 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 safety, security and sustainability of the Philippines.

As the national standards body in the Philippines, 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 UL 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.  Their partnership aims to focus on sectors to support national priorities ranging from electrical appliances, electric vehicle, 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 the Underwriters Laboratories for the benefit of the local manufacturing industries as well as the professional design practice. “Creating partnerships with foreign standards developing organizations is very important for our country to be abreast and updated with the global community," he said. "The DTI-BPS’ collaboration with UL provides the opportunity to access additional tools through the use of UL Standards for enhancing the Philippines’ global market access and benchmarking solutions to address present and foreseen social challenges.”