Since its launch in May 2006, the SESEC project has enhanced the visibility of European standardization, increased the cooperation between European and Chinese standardization bodies, and offered continued support to European industry facing standardization related issues hampering market access to China. Confidence building via daily contacts, fostering alignment of position at international level, and promoting mutual understanding of Europe’s and China’s standardization and conformity assessment systems have led to an broadened access to markets and a facilitated Regulatory Dialogue between the Commission Services and China.
Some of the highlights of the project are as follows:
- Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ESOs and Standardization Administration of China (SAC) in 2009. The MoU states that both sides shall promote mutual understanding of the developments of standards in Europe and China and provide more information on standards that may impact trade. Both sides shall conduct joint activities including expert workshops and seminars, practical training and study trips, exchanging specialists and lectures, establishing working groups and exchanging working programs.
- The Europe-China Standard Information Platform (CESIP): launched in October 2009, the CESIP is a practical information tool that aims at strengthening the mutual trade and investment flow between Europe and China by making standards and related technical regulations more accessible. The Platform is a website where Chinese and European companies can find information in English and Chinese about current and upcoming standards applicable to their products when intended for export to China or Europe. Currently the Platform covers ten sectors: Electrical Equipment, Medical devices, Machinery, Environmental protection, Aerosol containers, Packaging, Textile, Toys, Child care articles and Leather. This tool is foreseen to be continuously broadened to cover all sectors related to trade.
- Creation of a new Working Group for Standardization and Conformity Assessment at the European Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC) in 2008: the Working group is composed of standards and conformity assessment experts from sectors such as automotive, auto components, construction, cosmetics, healthcare equipment, electrical equipment, ICT and machinery. The Group identifies standards and conformity assessment issues of concern to European firms and attempts to propose constructive recommendations that address those concerns.
- Establishment of a new Dialogue facility between the European Commission and the Chinese Ministry for Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) on construction standards and energy saving in buildings: on 30 November 2009 at the 12th EU-China Summit in Nanjing the DG Enterprise and Industry, DG Energy and Transport and the MoHURD signed a Cooperation Framework on Energy Performance and Quality in Construction Sector.
- Conclusion of the Cooperation agreement between ETSI and the China Electronic Standardization Institute in October 2008.
- Establishment of Medical Devices Expert Roundtable (MDER) and Expert Roundtable of Automotive Industry (ERT) to foster dialogue on standardization.
- In April 2009 the first ETSI “Plugtest” event for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in postal applications took place in Beijing, supported by the EU-China Infosociety Project facility. Engineers from all over the world gathered together to test the interoperability and performance of RFID as applied to postal applications. A range of real-life scenarios tested the application of RFID devices from multiple vendors conforming to two major international Ultra High Frequency RFID standards and demonstrated the interoperability of devices made to those standards. One of these RFID standards was new and devices based upon it had never been publicly tested in this way before.
- In 2010 the “Collaborative Training Program supporting the Twinning of Technical Secretariats” was launched. The goal of the Program is to support Chinese standardization experts in operating international Technical Committees’ secretariats and chairmanships. The Project partners are the SAC and the EU Commission, and it is being implemented by China National Institute for Standardization (CNIS), the Netherlands Standardization Institute (NEN), Austrian Standardization Institute (ASI), and Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV); with support from SESEC. The target is to train 100 International Chinese Standardization experts, 20 trainers and 200 supporting experts in China.