“China Standards 2035” is a program that aims to research standardization strategies to use as a basis for China’s own standardization strategy while considering its economic and social development goals for the year 2035. The project officially started in March 1, 2018, and was developed by SAC, under the leadership of its director TIAN Shihong, who is also Deputy Director of SAMR. The Chinese Academy of Engineering oversees and conducts the main research and consulting.

The first and main stage of China Standards 2035 heavily focuses on gathering standardizations experts’ opinions, as well as those of governments, enterprises, research institutions and other related organizations by participating in discussions through seminars, international symposiums, conferences and other event related to standardization. Nationally, the project’s team has already visited more than 20 of China’s provinces, talked to 100 enterprises, held more than 50 symposiums, and held more than 100 seminars and meetings to discuss standardization and gather opinions. Dozens of academicians from the Chinese Academy of Engineering and more than 300 experts from scientific research institutions have contributed to the research. Internationally, the team has discussed with DIN, ANSI, BSI, AFNOR, SSC, SA, JISC, KATS and ISO, IEC on standardization strategies, and visited standardization institutes in various countries.

  1. The project of has four Tasks:
  • Research on Strategic Orientation and Objectives of Standardization
  • Research on China Standardization System, Method and Evaluation
  • Strategic Research on Supporting High-quality Development Standardization System”
  • Strategic Research on Standardization Military-Civil Integration Development. China tries to make the “military standards” and “Civil standards” unified and promote the harmonized standards for these two catalogues.

The initial research phase will last two years and produce a research report with suggestions for formulating and implementing China’s standardization strategy. After one year since the program’s initiation, an outline of the report has already been finished. The outline is divided into six parts consisting of strategic needs, issues and challenges, objectives, key tasks, innovation, and guidance. One of the key points of the outline is the goal for China’s standard system to be simplified. China currently has five kinds of standards: national, sectoral, local, association, and enterprise standards. The desired standardization system should be reduced to only national and association standards.

Another goal of China Standards 2035 is for China to be more involved in the international standardization community. This includes participating in developing and revising international standards, aligning China’s standardization strategy with ISO’s ten-year strategy and IEC’s strategy, as well as encouraging more participation in international standardization events. The outline also suggests improving standardization communication with B&R countries and regions, Europe, ASEAN, BRICS, Northeast Asia, North America, Africa, Oceania and other countries and regions.

China Standards 2035 emphasizes the importance of learning from the international standardizations community to form a high-quality standardization system. This will not only allow China to play a more active role internationally, but it will also further promote and offer support for its economic development.