Philippines Philippines notifies WTO of proposed regulation for mercury-containing batteries, switches and fluorescent lamps

Comments accepted until December 7, 2021

On October 12, 2021, the Bureau of Philippine Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-BPS) submitted to the WTO a TBT (Technical Barriers to Trade) notification of the draft of New Technical Regulation Concerning the Mandatory Product Certification of Mercury Added Products. This draft prescribes the mandatory product certification of mercury-containing batteries, switches, and fluorescent lamps in order to ensure that mercury-containing products imported, manufactured, distributed or sold in the Philippines meet certain safety requirements. These products may not be manufactured or imported in the Philippines unless they have met the allowable mercury content prescribed and the manufactures and importers of them has been issued a Philippine Standard (PS) license or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC). Comments on this matter will be received until December 7, 2021.

The notification can be viewed at the following URL
https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Search/FE_S_S009-DP.aspx?language=E&HasEnglishRecord=True&HasFrenchRecord=False&HasSpanishRecord=False&CatalogueIdList=277915,277725,277724,277565,277567,277618,277572,277571,277551,277509&CurrentCatalogueIdIndex=1&FullTextHash=371857150

Products under mandatory certification and allowable mercury content

The following mercury-containing products are subject to the mandatory certification schemes. The allowable mercury content shown below must be met to obtain a PS license or ICC.

Product Allowable Mercury Content
Button zinc silver oxide batteries Mercury content less than 2% of the unit mass
Button zinc air batteries
Tilt Switch Mercury content less than 20 mg per bridge
Inclination Switch
Flame sensor Switch
Float Switch
Mercury Seismic Switch
Pressure Switch
Temperature Switch
Mercury Displacement Relays
Mercury Reed Relays
Mercury Overcurrent Relay
Mercury Wetted Reed Relay
Mercury Contact Relay
High Frequency Switches (3MHz to 30 MHz)
High Frequency Relays (3MHz to 30 MHz)
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for general lighting purposes ≤ 30 watts Mercury content less than 5 mg per lamp
Linear fluorescent lamps (LFLs) for general lighting purposes: Triband phosphor < 60 watts
Linear fluorescent lamps (LFLs) for general lighting purposes: Halophosphate phosphor ≤ 40 watts Mercury content less than 10 mg per lamp
Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL) and External Electrode Fluorescent Lamps (EEFL): short length (≤ 500 mm) Mercury content less than 3.5 mg per lamp
Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL) and External Electrode Fluorescent Lamps (EEFL): medium length (> 500 mm and ≤ 1 500 mm) Mercury content less than 5 mg per lamp
Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL) and External Electrode Fluorescent Lamps (EEFL): long length (> 1 500 mm) Mercury content less than 13 mg per lamp

 

The manufactures or importers that have failed to obtain a PS license or ICC may be required to recall their products.

The draft can be downloaded from the following URL.
https://members.wto.org/crnattachments/2021/TBT/PHL/21_6526_00_e.pdf

 

For medical devices, Department of Health are considering another rules.