Gov’t gets tough on helmets

Nguyen Hoang Linh, from the Directorate for Standards, Metrology, Quality Standards and Regulation Conformity, spoke to Tuoi tre (Youth) newspaper about fake helmet certification.

There have been a lot problems when trying to certify CR for helmets in the past. Is the Directorate’s management aware of this?

It’s true that there have been some problems when certifying CR for helmets.

First, some CR certification organisations did not do their job competently. They had provided CR stamps to some manufacturers without closely obeying the guidelines and regulations on CR certification.

Secondly, some enterprises produce uncertified helmets despite the fact that they have been allocated CR stamps. In other words, they produce both certified and uncertified helmets.

Genuine helmets are produced only for CR certification purposes but the fake helmets are sold on the market at a reduced cost, resulting in higher profit margins.

What measures can the authorities put in place to ensure that CR certification’s are genuine and safe for people to wear?

The Directorate is inspecting CR certifications for helmets at five assigned organisations. We will push for stricter punishments and charge the people responsible if we find the law has been broken.

In addition, the Directorate also asked certificating organisations to tighten up their post-certification supervisions and to take sample helmets from the market to test to ensure that quality is paramount.

Businesses can be suspended from having CR certification if we find their uncertified helmets in the market. They even could have their CR certification withdrawn. To date, four CR certifications have been suspended and 11 others have been withdrawn by the authorities.

What is your opinion of putting helmet production into the conditional production and trading sector?

In my opinion, putting helmet production onto the conditional business list would be a good way of putting the imported helmets, production, trading and distribution sector in order and meet the public’s demand for quality and safety.

When inspecting helmet manufacturers, we found that most of them were just assembly lines that had not been equipped with the full range of helmet production facilities, including control and testing facilities. — VNS

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