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Thai Industrial Standards Association Revoked The Certification Of 1129 Products, Including Ceramic Sanitary Ware

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Recently, the Thai Institute of Industrial Standards (TISI) revoked the TISI certification of 1129 products.

TISI is under the Ministry of Industry of Thailand and is responsible for product quality certification in Thailand. In addition to being the government authority for mandatory certification in Thailand, it is also the standard setting and management body and certification body. There are a total of 60 categories of products that are required to be compulsory certified by the Thai government in 8 fields, which are electrical equipment and accessories, medical equipment, construction materials, consumer goods, vehicles, PVC pipes, LPG gas containers and agricultural products. The rest of the product categories fall under voluntary certification. Chinese products entering the Thai market must be TISI certified with a certification mark and some categories must have a Thai company as a representative in order to apply.

From January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018, TISI issued two notifications and published a list of 1129 products for which TISI certification was revoked, including 707 types of electrical and electronic products, 341 types of toys, 52 types of steel and construction materials, 25 types of ceramic sanitary ware and shower faucets, three types of small diesel engines and one type of automotive safety glass. Many of these products, such as ceramic sanitary ware, are imported.

Companies will not be able to apply for a license to import these products for six months from the time the TISI certification is revoked.

In the first half of 2020, the Thai Industrial Standards Association (TISI) inspected 36 e-commerce platforms one after another and found 123 restricted products, penalized several companies that sold substandard appliances on the Lazada and Shopee e-commerce platforms, and confiscated two of the illegally imported goods from companies located in Bangkok and Pak Rao.

Among them, 14,000 goods worth about 30 million baht were seized from two companies, JTL Stock Holding Co., Ltd. and Growell Enterprise Co., Ltd. based in Bangkok and Samut Prakan.

The two companies were also charged with importing restricted items without permission, which carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail or a fine of up to 2 million baht. Meanwhile, the two e-commerce platform operators also face up to six months in jail or a fine of up to 500,000 baht for violating advertising laws.

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