How Chinese SDOs spend the funds for the development and revision of standards?

25/02/2020

 

The Ministry of the People’s Republic of China and the State Administration for Market Regulation have revised Measures for the Management of Funds for the Development and Revision of National Standards.

  1. What are standard funds?

Standard funds are funds for the development and revision of national standards, that serve as compensation for developing and revising work of national standards, and are set by the Ministry of Finance. Standard funds are included in the departmental budgets of the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), and implemented by it.

  1. Purpose of the Regulation.

This Regulation is for the purpose of standardizing and strengthening the management of funds for the development and revision of national standards, ensuring effective use of funds and completing the development and revision of national standards.

  1. Administrative departments in charge of standard funds management.
    1. The Ministry of Finance is responsible for the review of the annual budget draft of standard funds, the approval of budgets, and the supervision of the implementation of standard funds.
    2. SAMR is responsible to prepare, review and submit the annual budget draft of standard funds, to approve and issue the budgets, and to supervise and inspect work of the entity undertaking the project of developing and revising national standards and the implementation of budgets.
    3. The entity undertaking the project here refers to the unit or technical group responsible for the drafting of national standards and technical review work, including relevant administrative departments of the State Council, technical committees of standardization and expert groups. The entity undertaking the project is responsible for the development and revision of national standards and the implementation of supportive fund. It shall be supervised and inspected and reports shall be submitted on the implementation of projects and budgets as required.
  2. The use of standard funds involves:
    1. The examining, discussing and assessing of the project initiation and submission for approval of national standards.
    2. The procuring, translating and tracking of international standards and advanced foreign standards.
    3. The drafting, calling for comments, testing and technical reviewing of national standards.
    4. The developing and duplicating of national sample standards.
    5. The reviewing, releasing and announcing of national standards.
    6. The printing of mandatory national standards and the releasing of information.
    7. The promotion, publicity and translation of national standards.
    8. The re-reviewing of national standards.
    9. The management and evaluation of technical committees of standardization and the organizing and managing of standardization technical committees directly concerned with the development and revision of national standards.
    10. Other work directly concerning the development and revision of national standards.
  3. Expenditure items of standard funds include fees for materials, equipment, testing and verification, business travel, meetings, services, expert consultation, announcement, printing, publicity and promotion, etc.
  4. Material fees, including necessary fees for books, materials and copies when developing and revising national standards, and compulsory fees for purchasing texts or applications involving international standards, advanced foreign standards and catalogues.
  5. Equipment fees, which include procuring or renting testing equipment in the process of developing and revising national standards.
  6. Testing and verification fees. These include fees for compulsory testing, energy resources used for verification, and materials.
  7. Business travel fees, including expenses as required for intercity transport, accommodation, food, and intracity transport during the process of developing and revising national standards (involving technical review, technical coordinations, review and re-review).
  8. Meeting fees. These include expenses as required for conference accommodation, venue rental, transportation and printing that are necessary for holding meetings to discuss, study and coordinate in the process of developing and revising national standards.
  9. Service fees, which include the required payment to those providing services of rafting, collecting and sorting, reviewing and translating of national standards. Those participating in the project of standard funds and its management shall not charge service fees.
  10. Expert consultation fees, including expenses for temporarily hiring experts in consultation for the reviewing process of national standard drafts. Those participating in the project of standard funds and its management shall not charge expert consultation fees.
  11. Fees for announcement and printing. These include costs of issuing announcements and printing after the review and approval of national standards.
  12. Fees for publicity and promotion, including expenses occurred in the implementation of national standards with a wide involvement and great impacts.
  13. Other fees, including other expenditures directly concerning the drafting and revising of national standards besides the kinds mentioned above.