The government admitted that it found that many products are not in accordance with Indonesian National Standards (SNI) or are using materials hazardous to consumers. Therefore, there are still many circulation of goods which is not in accordance with SNI, so the government called on consumers to have more knowledge of the condition of products, among others, by paying attention to the labels and the expiry data. Consumers should begin to become a subject in trade and should be aware of their choices in buying goods and services. In addition, consumers are also expected to be responsible for themselves, their families, and the environment.
Head of the National Standardization Agency (BSN), Bambang Prasetya , in Jakarta, on Friday (May 6), promised that the government will further tighten supervision of SNI application downstream is conducted by the Directorate of Standardization and Consumer Protection of the Ministry of Trade, but it also supports control in terms of sampling (uji petik). Thus, if there are products that do not conform with standards, it will be reported immediately.
BSN will also strengthen supervision from the upstream sector, which is in the process of SNI certification given by Product Certification Institution (LSPRO). If a product did not comply with standards, but escaped SNI, there will be a warning to LSPRO and the possibility that the certification to be revoked. Nowadays, there is a lot SNI forgery on domestic products. Electronic products are one of the categories of goods which violations are quite easily found in the application of standardization.
According to Bambang, the tightening of the implementation of product standardization is becoming increasingly important to improve competitiveness of domestic products ahead of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015. Without this, Indonesia will face problem in facing competition with countries in facing competition with countries in Southeast Asia. However, Bambang said that facing MEA at the end of 2015, for almost all the products required, all the standards have been met.
He said that the sectors which are included AEC standardization include electronics and electricity, wood and wood products, rubber and rubber products, automotive products, health products related to pharmaceutical products, cosmetic, and medical devices. Bambang said that in fact there are 12 priority sectors of standardization by 10 ASEAN countries, but at the moment, the agreement has just been implemented in six sectors mentioned above. The other six sectors will follow in the next agenda with the existence of the final draft of the ASEAN blueprint 2025.
Bambang said that BSN is now intensifying socialization of SNI to the community in order to increase understanding and awareness of the importance of standardization. BSN has a variety of socialization programs, ranging from competition up to placement of information media in public places.
The understanding of standardization, he added, has also been inserted in various lecture materials in the universities. On the lower level, BSN frequently prepares a game that implements standardization activities as one of its elements. Then, at the government level, the agency continues to promote the application of standardization in the areas covered by the ministries. “To synchronize coordination related to standardization only takes a common vision,” said Bambang.
Although Bambang admitted that his agency has a lot of homework, but from year to year SNI application by business showed an increase. If in 2011, SNI has been applied by 48,327 companies, in 2012, the number increase to 56,971 companies, and in 2013 to 57,530 companies.
In addition to fostering and facilitating SMEs in applying SNI, until the first quarter of 2015, BSN has made a breakthrough, i.e. repositioning and revitalizing the organization in BSN. He also drafted government regulation on Standardization and Draft Government Regulation on Conformity Assessment as the implementation of Law No. 3/2014 on Industry, Law 7/2014 on Trade, and Law No. 20/2014 on standardization and Conformity Assessment. (E)
Business News - June 10, 2015