The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) has seized and destroyed nearly 7000 pieces of substandard electrical products found on the local market.
Earlier this year, GNBS started the monitoring of several categories of electrical equipment and fittings based on the requirements of the mandatory national standards.
In a statement today, the GNBS said since it began the monitoring, it has seized and destroyed substandard electrical breakers, lamp holders, power cords, receptacles, power outlets, Knife Switches and surge protective devices.
The items were seized from sale outlets in Regions Three and Four for failing to comply with the requirements of the standards.
Some of the items confiscated and destroyed were found to be without any label while others did not specify the country origin or certification marks to prove that they were tested by an independent laboratory for quality.
The GNBS found a large number of inferior power cords and power strips that were incorrectly labeled as surge protective devices while they did not have such protection capability.
Most of these non-conforming items were placed on hold by the GNBS for inspection.
During the hold period, importers and dealers were given the opportunity to submit test certificates, and in some cases, Declaration on Conformity of Origin. Some importers could not provide the required documents, which are based on the minimum requirements established by the respective mandatory National Standards.