online services for product certification, ICC sticker verification
April 15, 2019
MAKATI CITY – To
facilitate ease of doing business through streamlining and
automation of frontline service transactions, the Department of
Trade and Industry (DTI) has started to process product
certifications under the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS)
through an online portal. The Product Certification Information
Management System (PCIMS) features an end-to-end online and
paperless processing of Import Commodity Clearance (ICC), Philippine
Standard (PS) Safety and Quality Certification Mark License. It also
provides an inventory management for Security Papers and ICC
“DTI has made it easy for
entrepreneurs and the business community to process certifications
and avail of frontline services in the comforts of your home or
anywhere. No need to be present at any DTI office,” said DTI
Secretary Ramon Lopez.
“However, we want to
assure you that this does not end here. This will be a continuing
process of reform and automation. We will continue to review and
streamline processes in BPS as well as in other bureaus. The
ultimate ease of doing business is enabling people to do things and
all transactions online,” he added.
BPS started implementing
the use of PCIMS in its ICC processing in October 2018 parallel to
the manual processing of ICC applications. By January 2019, PCIMS
was fully implemented and BPS ceased its manual applications for ICC
The PCIMS has the
following features: 1) online and paperless filing of applications;
2) certification fees can be paid at any DTI office; 3) first-in,
first-out processing; 4) real-time tracking of application status;
4) auto email of Statement of Account, Notice of Non-conformance,
Show Cause Orders; 5) Certificates may be claimed at any DTI Office;
and 6) auto reminder of surveillance schedules and PS license
To access the PCIMS, a
registration form may be requested through email at email@example.com.
Application of product certification may be accessed through
definitely benefit with this shift to online transactions. Apart
from the convenience and less time spent on application, it is also
cost efficient. We’ve estimated about P3,600 in savings per
application, from P4,170 spent per application down to P557. That’s
big savings for businesses,” shared Sec. Lopez.
Likewise, DTI is shifting
its ICC sticker verification through a mobile application to assist
DTI market enforcers and monitors during market enforcement
activities, as well as consumers in verifying a certified product.
This digital method using
any smartphone will detect the fake ones from the real ICC and PS
The mobile application
will be able to confirm legitimate ICC stickers in products sold in
the market through the QR code accompanying each sticker. BPS
started issuing ICC stickers with QR codes in July 2018.
Currently, the ICC
Verification System is on its pilot testing and can be fully used by
24 April 2019. It will be available for download at Google Play
Store on the same date.