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Binay bill seeks consumer product safety standards for all baby products.

By Hannah Torregoza

Senator Nancy Binay is pushing for passage of a measure that seeks to establish a consumer product safety standard for each durable infant or toddler product.

Binay, in filing Senate Bill No. 2085 or the proposed "Infant and Toddler Durable Product Safety Act," said the measure aims to promote and establish a product safety standard for each baby product in order to protect "our infants and toddlers from incidents that may cause injury or death."

"Unintentional childhood injuries are the main causes of death and major cause of ill-health and disability among children," Binay said in the explanatory note of the bill.

"However, injuries are preventable. People may think that injuries are the results of accidents which are typically considered unpredictable and unpreventable," the senator said.

"Contrary to the principle of injury prevention which refers to the actions or interventions that prevent an injury event or violent act from happening by rendering it impossible or less likely to occur," she further said.

The primary purpose of the bill, Binay said, is also to prevent dangerous children's products from entering the market, by requiring independent testing of all durable infant and toddler merchandises before they enter commerce.

The bill also seeks the creation of an infant and toddler product review panel that would be under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and tasked to review and report to DTI regarding the existing guidelines for durable infant or toddler goods and advise the DTI regarding the promulgation of consumer product safety standards under the proposed Act.

It mandates the DIT to promulgate a consumer product safety standards for at least seven durable infant or toddler products every two calendar years beginning after the date of effectivity of the proposed law and for all existing durable infant or toddler products not later than December 31, 2019.

The DTI shall, by rule, require that testing and certification for a durable infant or toddler product shall be performed by an independent third party and require the use and prescribe the form and content of a label, including a seal which states that the product has passed such testing and certification.

The DTI will then delegate to the Panel the authority to prescribe a seal that shall be used under the labeling requirements for infant and toddler products that are certified to comply with applicable consumer product safety standards promulgated under the proposed Act.


Senator Nancy Binay (Senate of the Philippines official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

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Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Nov 16, 2018
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