22/9/2017 The 14th China Standardization Forum in Haikou

Sponsored by China Association for Standardization (CAS), co-organized by Quality and Technology Supervision of Hainan Province, the 14th China Standardization Forum was held in Haikou, Hainan Province on 21 September, 2017. The theme of this forum is “fully implement the standardization strategy to advance economic and social reform and development” .


More than 400 participants, including experts from domestic and international standardization organizations and representatives from standardization technical bodies in provinces (cities) and industries, participated in the meeting. Mr. Zhang Xiaogang, ISO president sent a congratulatory letter, specifically. Madam. Yu Xinli, vice administrator of SAC made an interpretation on the revision of the Standardization Law, highlighting the breakthroughs of the revision, i.e. the construction of the system of standardization trial and demonstration, as well as the strengthening of the supervision on standardization.

Representing 5 European standardization organizations, Dr. Betty Xu, the director of Seconded European Standardization Expert in China (SESEC), made a keynote speech on how European standards promote global trade in the forum. It gave audiences a new perspective for the development of standardization. The main contents in her speech included the introduction of European Standardization system, the basis of European standards and regulations, and how European standards support international trade, and so on.

Workshop on European Standardization Attracts Wide Participation

From 16 to 17 March 2017, China Association forStandardization (CAS) held its first workshop on European Standardization in Chengdu. Seconded EuropeanStandardization Expert in China (SESEC) was invited as the keynote speaker to attend the seminar.

In the meeting, Dr. Betty Xu,directorof SESEC, and Ms. Mandy Luo elaborated on the European Standardization system, including inter alia, bird’s eye view on the European standardization system, shaping of European standards,European standard supporting EU policy and legislation, European standards supporting international trade, coordination between EU and international standardization organizations, ETSI’s experience on standard drafting,as well as European patents and IPR.
More than 110 participants from various enterprises,associations, organizations in relevant industries took part in the seminar,and had an in-depth communication and discussion with SESEC. They thought the seminar provided them a window to learn about European standardization system, consider more similar activities should be convened in the future, and were looking forward to keeping close and sustained communication and cooperation with SESEC.

Welcome to the workshop organized by CEN and CENELEC to find out how the Seconded European Standardization Experts in China and India support European industries


Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

We are pleased to invite you to a workshop organized by CEN and CENELEC to find out how the Seconded European Standardization Experts in China and India support European industries.

The Seconded European Standardization Experts: Mrs Betty XU, in China (SESEC) and Mr Dinesh CHAND SHARMA, in India (SESEI) will offer you privileged insights into the current Chinese and Indian Policy and Standardization landscape. Through concrete case studies, where they have played a key role, you will learn how they support European industries and stakeholders’ interests in China and India and understand the value they can bring to you. The workshop will also provide a platform for feedback and guidance on future orientation of these projects.

 Objectives of the workshop:

  • to provide you with an overview of the role of the Seconded European Standardization Experts in China (SESEC) and India (SESEI) and how they support European interests;
  • to present you first-hand intelligence on the latest developments in the Chinese and Indian standardization landscapes;
  • to show how you could get value out of these projects to support your own interests in China and India;
  • to share your views and guidance with the SESEC and SESEI experts to help them ensure that both projects fulfil the expectations of European industry and businesses towards China and India.

Please save the date of 24 June 2016 in your diary and promote the workshop to your network. The invitation, detailed programme and access to the online registration will follow very soon. For any further information, please contact Alexandra RENTEAarentea@cencenelec.eu

Yours faithfully,
CEN and CENELEC Director General

Head of NDRC on targets and tasks in 13th Five-Year Plan

The first report meeting on the 13th Five-Year Plan took place on April 5, and Xu Shaoshi, head of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), was interviewed by Economic Daily, where he addressed questions and public concerns, such as how to understand the great logic of China’s economic and social development under the new conditions, how to read the meaning behind the development indicators in the 13th Five-Year Plan, and how to seize the main line in supply-side structural reform.

New and higher starting point

The new and higher starting point in the 13th Five-Year period indicates that China’s economic development has entered a new normal state with its three characteristics – speed change, structural optimization and driving forces transformation – becoming more clear, Xu said in the interview.

Economic growth maintained a medium- and high-speed growth in the 12th Five-Year Plan, especially in the last three years. During the five years, average annual GDP witnessed an increase of 7.8 percent, 6.9 percent in 2015, and total economic output reached 67.67 trillion yuan ($10.4 trillion), contributing over 25 percent to the world economic growth rate, Xu added.

Xu said the economic structure was further optimized with demand structure, industrial structure, regional structure and urban-rural structure in the 12th Five-Year Plan period. In 2015, consumption contributed 66.4 percent to economic growth and regional structure development in urban and rural areas was balanced, coordinated and collaborative.

Moreover, the driving forces transformation was enhanced smoothly and rapidly. Forces generated by investment promotion, expanding consumption, and rapid growth and gathering of new industries and new models and market players’ vitality motivated by comprehensive and deepening reform were all growing, Xu said.

Main line in 13th Five-Year Plan

The 13th Five-Year Plan breaks the mindset and takes supply-side structural reform as the development main line. Relating to this point, three main aspects are needed in practical work, Xu said.

First, use quality and efficiency improvement of the supply system as the target and implement policy pillars to stimulate the motivation of new driving forces, upgrade traditional advantages and reinforce the foundation of the real economy.

Second, focus on the five major tasks of supply-side structural reform – actively and steadily reducing overcapacity, cutting excess inventory, prudently deleveraging, taking multiple measures to cut costs and making an all-out effort to foster emerging growth engines.

Third, promote structural adjustment with reform, improve the competitive market environment and mechanism, stimulate the vitality of all market players and enhance industrial structure upgrading.

Meaning behind development indicators

There are a total of 25 development indicators in the 13th Five-Year Plan divided into four categories – economic development, innovative driving forces, livelihood and resources and the environment, Xu said. They are reinforced in four directions.

First, improving quality. The plan indicators reflect economic development efficiency and structure upgrading. The expected annual GDP growth of over 6.5 percent also takes the needs of employment, structural adjustment, and environment improvement, into account.

Second, innovation-driven growth. The plan takes innovation driving forces as a category and increases its weight in the plan. The newly established science and technology contribution indicator provides a way to measure the effectiveness of innovation and evaluate the progress of building an innovation country.

Third, safeguarding livelihood. The Plan strengthens points of weakness in livelihood and established the indicators, such as basic pension insurance participation rate and shantytown renovation rate. Those indicators reflect the development requirement to build an innovation country with the people sharing its development rewards.

Fourth, improving environment. Apart from the former emission indicators, such as unit GDP energy consumption and carbon dioxide emission and major pollutant reduction, the Plan established environment quality indicators relating to public concerns, such as smog and water pollution.

Major policies and projects

Question: Why does the 13th Five-Year Plan put forward a number of major policies and major projects?

Answer: These policies and projects are a reflection of the central government’s policy guidance.

On one hand, the major policies are more centered on adopting new ideas and mechanisms. First, it emphasizes the decisive role of the market in the distribution of resources. To activate the internal driving force of the economy, and invigorate market vitality, major measures have been rolled out involving streamlining administration and delegating power to lower levels, optimizing services, and strengthening construction of property right protection, market system, and finance and taxation system.

Second, complementary cooperation between the market and government will be stressed. In the fields of innovation, industrial upgrading, ecological environment, and public services, a number of measures including strengthening the leverage and guiding function of government, encouraging participation of social capital as well as beefing up the price regulation and tax incentives, have been adopted.

Third, the policy tools and means are more precise and refined. For macro-economic control, directional control method will be adopted; for poverty alleviation, targeted measures will be taken; for industrial policy, structural reforms, especially supply-side reform, will be stressed.

Fourth, as for improving the weak link, government should perform more duties to meet the goals of poverty alleviation, ensuring employment stability, promoting compulsory education, and maintaining the bottom line of people’s livelihood.

On the other hand, major projects, as mentioned in the guideline, will be supported in five aspects.

The first is to cultivate young talent with innovative ideas and high skills.

The second is to beef up support in structure upgrading by implementing development projects on high-end equipment and strategic emerging industries, to promote agricultural modernization, urbanization and the construction of a modern financial system.

The third is to step up infrastructure support concerning the construction of information, transportation, energy, and water conservancy projects.

The fourth is to strengthen ecological and environmental protection with the implementation of major projects on resource saving and recycling such as on energy, water, and land saving.

The fifth is to enhance support in improving people’s livelihood by rolling out a batch of major projects in the fields of education, health, employment and culture.

Eight missions

Question: What are the main tasks and measures concerning the social and economic development during the 13 Five-Year Plan?

Answer: From the perspective of social and economic development, eight aspects of tasks and measures are included.

The first is to maintain economic growth at medium- high level through actively promoting consumption upgrades, expanding effective investment as well as strengthening the streamlining administration and delegating power to lower levels.

The second is to adopt the strategy of innovation-driven development in which technology innovation will play a leading role in making breakthroughs in core technologies concerning information and communications, new energy, new materials, aerospace, biomedical, and intelligent manufacturing.

The third is to promote industry development toward the medium-high level by accelerating transformation of the mode of agricultural development and reinvigorating the country through manufacturing.

The fourth is to promote coordinated development between urban and rural regions by means of promoting a people-oriented, new type of urbanization, deepening reform of the household registration system, and promoting the coordinated development of new urbanization and new rural construction.

The fifth is to build a new development system by further deepening the transformation of government function, reducing administrative intervention, and enhancing supervision.

The sixth is to build a new pattern of all-round opening up by implementing the mechanism of pre-establishment national treatment and negative list management, and promoting the Belt and Road Initiative to carry out practical and win-win cooperation with other countries and regions.

The seventh is to accelerate the improvement of ecological environment by speeding up the construction of main functional zones with a sustainable development pattern in different regions and strengthening ecosystem restoration.

The eighth is to improve people’s livelihood by striving to achieve poverty alleviation targeted at the poor population of 55.75 million in China, establishing a national basic public services list, with efforts to enhance people’s education level and health condition.

Guidelines on Smart Manufacturing Standards System Released

The Guidelines for Standards System Development on Smart Manufacturing (2015 version) was jointly released by MIIT and SAC at the end of 2015.

SAC Vice-Administrator Yin Minghan interpreted the contents of the Guidelines in the follow aspects:
·the denotation and connotation of standardization on smart manufacturing
·the standards development on smart manufacturing
·the standards on smart manufacturing going global
·the development and revision of relevant standards in urgent need

Yin stresses that standards play an instrumental and strategic role in the development of industries and market economy, which is crucial for the promotion of the national manufacturing power. It will also help to improve the innovation capability on manufacturing industry, which has been determined in the “Made in China 2025” strategy.

National NQI Program to Stress Standards Researches

MOST issues the guide for application of 2016 key special projects under the national key research program on National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) on February 19, 2016, which stresses researches on standards through 19 related projects.

The NQI Program is jointly raised by MOST, AQSIQ, SAC and other 12 relevant ministries and departments organizations, including 11 key tasks and 35 sub-tasks to cover the fields of metrology, standards, conformity assessment, testing and inspection, accreditation and certification, and practical application, targeted to be completed in the next five years.
Standards researches, specifically related with 3 key tasks and 10 sub-tasks of the whole project, are expected to promote more than 100 Chinese standards going global and support the development of over 200 international standards as well as some 1,000 national standards on common infrastructure, social benefits and industrial commonalities.


Workshop on EU and China Regulatory Framework

The Workshop on EU and China Regulatory Framework was held in Beijing at the end of 2015, which highlighted “innovation, regulatory compliance and role of standards”. The event welcomed the representatives from AQSIQ, SAC, CNCA, CNIS, Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry in European Commission, delegation from EU and European enterprises.

During the event, the representatives from both sides made extensive exchanges on their advanced experience in terms of policy implementation through emphasis on the role of standards in EU and China regulatory framework, which increased mutual understanding on innovation and regulation.

The speakers gave their presentations focusing on the topics such as the prerequisite role of innovation in sustainable development, regulatory compliance in electronic field, the role of innovation in electronic standards, basic principles for EU and China regulatory compliance and conformity requirement based on IEC standards, adoption of IEC standards as Chinese standards, conformity assessment procedure of products covered by Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and GB 19517, etc.

The workshop was sponsored by the second phase of EU-China Trade Project. The project is the third technical assistance plan on trade between EU and China since 2000. Under the guidance of economic trade dialogue between the two sides, the project has continuously supported the trade reform and accelerated the sustainable development progress in China from 2010 to 2015.


New €28 million call (200 million RMB) issued by MOST to step up EU-China Research and Innovation Cooperation

Further to the political agreement reached at the 2nd EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue and the Summit of 29 June and the conclusions of the EU-China Joint Steering Committee on S&T Cooperation of 30 October, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology has published the first call for proposals under the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanisms (CFM) for Research and Innovation.

With a budget of 200 million RMB or 28 million euro for 2016 the Co-funding Mechanism will support mainland China-based research and innovation organisations participating in joint EU-China projects under Horizon 2020. Two deadlines are foreseen for 2016: 31 March and 31 July 2016. For each deadline the CFM call is open to China-based participants either in projects already successfully selected under Horizon 2020 or in proposals submitted (single-stage call or the second stage of two-stage call) but not yet selected under Horizon 2020.

The CFM will pave the way for deepened cooperation between European and Chinese research and innovation stakeholders by promoting a stronger and more balanced Chinese participation in the Horizon 2020 topics targeting cooperation with China (see list here). It will also be open to a variety of thematic areas such as food, agriculture, biotechnology, information and communication technology, space, aviation, energy, health, transportation, water resources, energy conservation, advanced manufacturing, new materials, sustainable urbanization, young scientists exchange activities.

More information

Notice of the General Office of the State Council on Issuing the Outline of the Plan of the National Standardization System Development (2016 — 2020)


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