PHILIPPINES – In a national move against counterfeiting, Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) now requires vendors to include new Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers on electrical goods from April 2012.
The plan, in line with Philippine President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino’s move to educate the general populace about the danger of counterfeit products, will help provide additional protection to all consumers, said DTI, the national agency responsible for monitoring and inspecting all products before they are distributed to consumers.
DTI has unveiled an updated version of the 2009 ICC sticker, which has higher definition printing, making it more expensive and even more difficult to copy.
The improved ICC sticker will serve as an indicator to all consumer products that it has passed the necessary safety standards set by the department, products like electric fans, air conditioning units, light and Christmas bulbs, fuses and television sets among others.
Available in two sizes, the new stickers are printed using electron bean origination, producing an image resolution of 500,000 dots per inch (dpi), which is far superior to the previous sticker that only had 10,000 dpi. Special gadgets, which will be distributed to retailers, will be used to authenticate the stickers.
To receive an ICC certificate, importers must present samples of their products for thorough inspections.
The ICC hologram designs are registered with the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), a body that certifies the uniqueness of a security design and includes leading producers and converters of holograms for anti-counterfeiting and brand protection.
IHMA has welcomed the new plans, saying that the new ICC stickers is another step forward in the global fight against counterfeiting and also enforces the hologram’s position as a pre-eminent security feature in the global anti-counterfeiting crusade.