In­dus­try bod­ies to set new stan­dards

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By MENG FANBIN meng­fan­bin@chi­

In­dus­try, busi­ness and pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tions in China will soon for­mu­late and adopt stan­dards for their re­spec­tive sec­tors, which is an or­ga­ni­za­tional in­no­va­tion, in­dus­try in­sid­ers said.

A knowl­edge­able of­fi­cial with the In­dus­try Stan­dards De­part­ment of the Stan­dard­iza­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China, who sought anonymity, said, “The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment would like as­so­ci­a­tions and such bod­ies to adopt stan­dards for their con­stituent mem­bers to meet the de­mands of the mar­ket.”

In 2015, the State Coun­cil is­sued a re­form plan for deep­en­ing stan­dards for­mu­lated by as­so­ci­a­tions, break­ing the tra­di­tion of over-re­liance on the gov­ern­ment for guid­ance in such mat­ters, the of­fi­cial said.

Stan­dards need to be for­mu­lated by mem­bers of as­so­ci­a­tions, cham­bers of com­merce and in­dus­try tech­nol­ogy al­liances through in­de­pen­dent con­sul­ta­tion and im­ple­mented vol­un­tar­ily by re­lated units.

Such stan­dards should take into con­sid­er­a­tion the de­vel­op­ment trend and in­no­va­tion level of the whole sec­tor, and seek to stim­u­late in­no­va­tion abil­ity and en­thu­si­asm for work among the mar­ket play­ers, the of­fi­cial said.

Stan­dards adopted by as­so­ci­a­tions and in­dus­try bod­ies can help mem­bers to re­spond to the mar­ket de­mands in time.

Most stan­dards at in­dus­try body level take only six to 10 months to for­mu­late, much faster than the na­tional av­er­age of two years.

For in­stance, the Chi­nese In­sti­tute of Elec­tron­ics has adopted its own stan­dards. One of them is “Gen­eral Prin­ci­ple of Wheeled Ro­bot Mo­bile Plat­form De­sign”. It fills cer­tain ex­ist­ing gaps in China, and ef­fec­tively shapes the de­vel­op­ment of the ro­bot in­dus­try.

On May 17, seven stan­dards on en­ergy sav­ing and emis­sion re­duc­tions were adopted by a sec­toral as­so­ci­a­tion in Guang­dong prov­ince.

Once as­so­ci­a­tions start to es­tab­lish stan­dards, even le­gal so­cial groups will likely quickly get on board, the of­fi­cial said.

So far, 723 so­cial groups have regis­tered on the plat­form for for­mu­la­tion of new stan­dards, and have adopted 1,219 stan­dards in var­i­ous sec­tors, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial data.

The plat­form, which was set up in 2016, pro­vides in­for­ma­tion ser­vices to in­sti­tu­tions and so­cial groups, and ad­dresses queries from the pub­lic.

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