China seeks to take the lead on international standardisation

Chinese authorities announced at a conference yesterday that the country will aim to take the lead in high-tech international standards.

China’s Standardisation Administration (SAC) will now launch the applications and promotion of national technologies standards covering areas such as electronic information, comms, high speed rail, advanced equipment manufacture, technology cooperation, international engineering and construction among others.

Zhi Shuping, the chief of China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) stated that the country is failing to be competitive enough in taking part in international standardisation activities.

“Currently, the developed countries and regions, such as the European Union, the United States and Japan are dominating international standards,” he said.

According to Chinese media, it would be necessary to focus on the organisational communication within the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), involving the secretariats of the technological committees.

“Meanwhile, we will fully use the huge market of our country in order to add up to the competitive advantages on the global stage,” said Ji Zhengkun, the SAC Administrator.

Last year China began another 13 secretariats of the international standardization technology departments, such as Traditional Chinese Medical Sciences, as well as submitting 57 proposals, ranking high of the ISO members list.