To show our appreciations to EU stakeholders and strengthen the long-term cooperation with the Chinese standardization community, SESEC held the “SESEC China-EU Standardization Roundtable and Chinese New Year Reception” on January 16, 2020.
Following Dr. Betty XU’s opening speech, Mr. Frank Schmiedel, the first counsellor of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) of the Delegation of the European Union to China, gave an introduction of standardization in the context of recent developments in the EU.
Afterwards, Mr. XIAO Han, Deputy Director of the Department of Standards Innovative Management of the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) introduced China’s standardization after the reform, association standards policies, and their implementation. According to Mr. Xiao, by the end of 2019, 3,042 social groups have registered on the Nationwide Association Standards Information Platform, and 12,195 association standards have been published on the platform.
Mr. YANG Shuwei from the Department of Consumer Products Certification of CNCA gave a brief introduction to China’s product certification system. Currently, there are 596 certification agencies and 1164,000 certificates in China; the number of certified products has grown by 21.5% compared to 2018. At present, there are 21 categories and 119 products listed in the CCC catalogue, mainly including electronics, automobiles, building materials, toys and other products that consumers have direct contact with. At the request of CPC and the State Council, environmentally-friendly, energy-saving, water-saving, recyclable, low-carbon, recycled and organic products have been integrated into green products.
Ms. Ester Cañada Amela, the advocacy and coordinator of the Standardization and Conformity Assessment Working Group of the European Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC), introduced the key points of the EUCCC 2020 Position Paper on China – Conformity Assessment and Standardization.
Ms. Ina Schmitt, Standardization Coordinator of Digitalization, Industry 4.0, and IT-Security Global Project Quality Infrastructure of China Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) introduced the German Standardization Strategy for Industry 4.0.
We invited about 50 stakeholders including those from SAMR, SAC, CNCA, MIIT, MoT, CESI, CNIS, CAC, invitees from the EU include colleagues from the EU delegation, EUCCC, German Embassy, French Embassy, UK Embassy, Swiss Embassy, Finnish Embassy, GIZ, BSI, AFNOR, VDMA, VDA, partners from EU industries in China, like SIEMENS, Schneider, Lego, IKEA, ABB, and ETSI member companies in China like Nokia and Ericson. The reception enhanced the communication between EU and China in standardization, laid the foundation for win-win cooperation and paved the way for the further development of SESEC.