However, variations from international norms and practices are still witnessed. For instance, Chinese conformity assessment procedures for various product categories deviate from international practices regarding the definition, interpretation and application of certification and accreditation activities. This not only affects foreign businesses exporting to or operating in China, but also domestic companies going abroad. Harmonising conformity assessment and accreditation procedures with international standards is crucial for improving the efficiency of production as well as for eliminating technical barriers to trade. It thereby serves the economic interests of both China and its trading partners.
GIZ China supports the work of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety, which serves as the main bilateral exchange platform for all relevant bodies in these areas. Through the promotion of comprehensive exchange of information on conformity assessment and accreditation between Germany and China, the harmonisation of laws and regulations is facilitated and the possibilities of mutual recognition of conformity assessment procedures are explored. The Sino-German Quality Infrastructure Project coordinates between all relevant parties and implements the measures that the Working Group on Product Safety agrees upon.
These measures include studies on harmonisation potentials in certification and accreditation procedures, the organisation of workshops and trainings in the area of conformity assessment, professional and intensive consultative services, and capacity development for personnel in the field of conformity assessment both in Germany and China. Working within an extensive network of governmental departments and administrations, certification bodies and testing institutes of both countries, the Sino-German Quality Infrastructure project aims at the improvement of cooperation between Germany and China and on implementing measures that are in line with the interests of all project partners.