June 27, 2018

Shanghai FTZ set to optimize its certification and accreditation system

Certification and Accreditation Administration of China and Shanghai Free Trade Zone Administration signed a cooperation memorandum recently to promote the FTZ’s role in the country’s Road and Belt Initiative.

Qin Yizhi, deputy director of the State Administration for Market Regulation, and Weng Zuliang, Party secretary of the Pudong New Area, presided over the signing ceremony. Liu Weijun, deputy director of CAAC, and Lu Fangzhou, deputy director of the FTZ, signed the memorandum.

Also, Huang Xiaolu, director of the Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision, and Lu Mei, director of China Quality Certificate Centre, presided over the unveiling ceremony for the Belt and Road Technology Exchange Center for International Cooperation.

At the signing ceremony, Qin said certification and accreditation are the foundation for improving products’ quality management and increasing the markets’ efficiency and a ticket to the international trade. The experience of the Shanghai FTZ needs to be promoted and adapted in other parts of the country and the quality certification system needs to be accelerated to exert the FTZ’s leading role in the country.

Weng said Pudong has always attached great importance to quality management and it has achieved great results in recent years. Pudong will take the new cooperation memorandum as an opportunity to promote the certification and accreditation work and build a new certification and accreditation highland of cooperation, innovation and industries.

The cooperation memorandum will also integrate and optimize supporting policies, support examination and inspection institutes to settle in Zhangjiang Science and Technology City, provide a technology platform and share examination equipment, testing venues and technologies with the Shanghai Lingang Examination and Inspection Industry Park, and build a competitive examination and inspection industry cluster in the FTZ.

CAAC will support the FTZ to establish an exchange platform with international certification and accreditation institutes; create a cooperation mechanism among the certification and accreditation institutes to share the examination and inspection results; increase the trade facilitation for the market entities; help Chinese companies to overcome technological barriers; provide policies, technologies, and information support for the Chinese companies to help them expand into the overseas markets.

Also, the memorandum puts forward that a comprehensive quality assessment mechanism needs to be established to help accelerate the certification accreditation process and to promote the building of the “Shanghai Brands.” Enterprises will undergo general certification and accreditation training before their brands would be certified as “Shanghai Brands.”

By the end of 2017, Pudong had had 157 certification and accreditation, and 25 examination and inspection institutes, generating a total of 4.86 billion yuan (US$736.52 million) in examination and inspection revenue. Pudong has extended the service scope of its certification and accreditation and examination into the whole country.