Quality Infrastructure Project Introduction
The People’s Republic of China is Germany’s most important trading partner outside of Europe. As bilateral trade is expected to grow even larger, aiming at a volume of EUR 210 billion by 2015, market access conditions need to be harmonised and technical barriers to trade reduced. The conformity of products with requirements on both markets shall be strengthened, thus improving their overall quality and reliability.
A well-functioning quality infrastructure (QI) plays an essential role in reducing technical barriers to trade. Comprising all aspects of standard setting and compliance, conformity assessment and accreditation, market surveillance and product safety as well as metrology, a coherent QI is designed to ensure the compliance of products with all relevant standards and the safe use of products by consumers.
To promote the development of an aligned QI, Germany and China established strong political dialogue mechanisms. One of these mechanisms is the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety, founded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) to work on a broad array of QI related topics of bilateral interest. The Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) as the responsible authority in China for conformity assessment is also partner to the Working Group.
The Sino-German Quality Infrastructure Project is commissioned by BMWi to facilitate the political dialogue in the areas of
– Market Surveillance and Product Safety,
– Conformity Assessment and Accreditation as well as
– Production Conditions.
Its overall objective is to reduce technical barriers to trade and enhance product safety by harmonizing the quality infrastructure of both countries with international systems while focusing on the key sectors of trade between both countries. These especially include the automotive industry, machinery and equipment, electrical products, toys as well as pressurized plant equipment.
Furthermore to support the political dialogue, the Project implements technical cooperation activities within these topic areas. It takes up demands from both sides, prepares proposals for the political partners and implements activities involving the most relevant Chinese, German and international experts. As all of these topics directly affect trade and exchange between China and Germany, they are of great interest to the industries in the partner countries as well. The Project actively engages partners from the industry and has set up a distinct mechanism for Private Sector Cooperation. Activities include ground-laying research studies, workshops and conferences to enhance the exchange on a political and technical level as well as trainings and study visits which aim at enabling participants to cope with new regulations, technical guidelines and balancing of the different systems.
GIZ in China
With almost 30 years of experience in Sino-German technical cooperation, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH works within the framework of the Sino-German comprehensive strategic partnership for the mutual benefit of both countries.
As a German federally owned enterprise, our portfolio includes policy advice, technical expertise, knowledge transfer, capacity building and organisational development support in those areas where German know-how and technologies are world-leading. We provide our services through experienced German, Chinese and international experts as well as German partner institutions.
In China, GIZ operates primarily on behalf of the German government and is currently commissioned by a number of German federal ministries. We also work for German federal states, the European Commission, the Asian Development Bank as well as for clients from the German and Chinese private sector.