Standards

Quality Partnerships is actively engaged in fostering EU-China co-operation on standards. It operates the Seconded European Standardization Expert for China (SESEC) project on behalf of European standardization organizations, CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI.

The SESEC project is co-sponsored by the European Commission and EFTA, and seconded by the European Delegation to China.

Standards have a significant impact on market access, and trade in general.

In a very simple way, a standard could be defined as a recognized, repeatable way of doing something. A standard is a technical document in which specific rules/guidelines/criteria are explained in order to make a product safe, sustainable and environmentally sound.

Standardization processes in the EU and in China are not always the same; fundamental differences exist both regarding the purpose of standardization and methods of standards development. You can read more about the similarities and differences between standards in the EU and China by clicking here.

According to the Chinese Standardization Law, Chinese standards are categorized into four different groups, namely: National Standards, Sector Standards, Provincial Standards, and Enterprise Standards.

The main bodies of the Chinese standardization system are:

More standardization-related bodies in China and their descriptions can be found in the LINKS.

To learn more about access to Chinese standards, please read here.