|Moc thong (Clematis armandii Franch) is among the oriental medicines that are toxic. But there is no national standard to regulate its production and use. — Photo vietmec.vn
HA NOI (VNS) —There is a lack of national technical standards for some goods in Viet Nam, which raises the risk of unsafe products being made, imported or sold in the market.
According to the science and technology ministry, pursuant to the Law of Standards and Technical Standards, effective from 2007, Vietnam Standards, including national standards (TCVN) and fundamental standards (TCCS), are used as the legal basis for ensuring the safety of products, national security and consumers' rights.
There are about 5,000 standards in Viet Nam. They are classified into sections or subjects in accordance with the International Classification for Standards.
Statistics of the technology ministry show that ministries and agencies developed more than 610 standards, including 425 to regulate products that can pose risks to people.
However, the ministry said 86 products and groups of products were yet to be covered by Vietnam Standards.
These include fire-fighting devices, technical devices for the police, transport infrastructure items and industrial explosives, besides pesticides and toxic oriental medicines.
The science and technology ministry has called on ministries and agencies to speed up the compilation and issuance of national standards for the products they oversee.
The move would also help customs officials to monitor and handle the import of such products better, the ministry said. —VNS