MANILA – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ruth Castelo said on Wednesday the agency is ready to test vaporized nicotine products or vape devices as the Vape Bill lapsed into law.
As the law tasked the DTI to test vape products to ensure that they are safe to use, Castelo said the DTI already invested in testing devices since last year.
“Ang nakalagay po dito sa vape law na bagong lumabas, ang DTI nga po ang mangunguna. Pero doon sa devices talagang tayo kasi we have the capability to test itong mga device na ‘to. In fact, last year or 2021 pa po ready iyong ating testing device para doon sa mga devices ng vape (According to the Vape Law, DTI will lead (the regulation). But in terms of the devices, it will really have to be (led by) us because we have the capability to test these devices. In fact, last year or in 2021, our testing device for vape devices is ready),” she said during the Laging Handa briefing.
She clarified that for standards relating to health, it will be the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that will lead the evaluation and certification.
Castelo said the agency will be closely working with the FDA in drafting the implementing rules and regulations of the Vape Law.
“Sa ngayon po, we’re already preparing the draft para sa implementing rules and regulations draft nito. Siguro po anytime soon, in a couple of days, mag-uumpisa na po tayo ng consultation with FDA muna, sir –sa FDA muna tapos kapag naayos natin sa dalawang ahensya, ilalabas po natin for public consultation (For now, we’re already preparing the draft for the implementing rules and regulations of this. Maybe anytime soon, in a couple of days, we will start the consultation with FDA first, sir – with FDA first, then if the two agencies have settled it, we will release it for public consultation,” she said.
Castelo assured the DTI is ready to implement and enforce its responsibilities under the Vape Law. (PNA)