As a key document to implement its standardization law, the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) recently released a draft of the "Administrative Measures for Local Standards" to amend the version released in 1990.
Although the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) did not comment on the draft, ANSI observed some noteworthy revisions and additions from the 2019 draft that was released for comment:
The draft mentions that the municipal-level agencies could publish local standards and texts on their websites and public standards service platforms, which will become available to the public free of charge. ANSI notes that the phrase "local standards should be published at no charge" infers broad application of this requirement, including when local standards are based on international and/foreign standards. Since the free publication of international and/or foreign standards presents a conflict when these standards are copyrighted, the simultaneous implementation of an alternative article to safeguard copyrighted contents of international and/or foreign standards is crucial.
Ensuring the coordination of applicable laws and standards in evaluating technical specifications of the proposed local standards is important to avoiding conflicting or duplicative requirements. ANSI will continue to monitor the development of these measures and will work with its Chinese counterparts on implementation and overall reform.