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ANSI Manufacturer Member Roundtable in China Focuses on Industry Engagement in Standardization and Emerging Issues


New York, Oct 26, 2012

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently partnered with prominent organizations in China to hold events focused on key emerging issues and highlighting the importance of industry engagement in standards activities. The 2012 events were supported and co-organized by the ANSI Manufacturer Member Roundtable, and covered such topics as electric vehicle standardization, China’s Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS), strategies to reduce carbon emissions, and China Compulsory Certification (CCC).

In April and May, the Roundtable addressed the importance of industry engagement in standardization. A “Seminar on Enterprise Engagement in International Standardization” was held on April 18, 2012, in Jinan, Shandong, in partnership with the Shandong Association for Standardization. Representatives of Chinese and American companies, as well as the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) and the Shandong Provincial Standards Institute, described the benefits and opportunities available to companies that invest in international standards work. ANSI member Alec McMillan of Rockwell Automation presented on behalf of the U.S. and described Rockwell’s participation in and support of international standards activities. The event, which was attended by over 200 participants, also included an awards ceremony for individuals who made outstanding contributions to international standards activities in the previous year. The organizers hope to hold this event annually.

Additionally, a seminar on “The Role of Standards in Industry Development” was held in conjunction with the 2nd International Conference of Intellectual Property, Standards and Anti-monopoly Law. Speakers from the China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), and the LED lighting industry provided participants with perspectives on industry involvement in standardization and specific issues related to the LED industry.

Recognizing the importance of energy efficiency and energy-related issues, ANSI and the China Quality Certification Centre (CQC) co-organized a workshop on reducing carbon emissions. ANSI director of environmental accreditation programs, Ann Bowles, provided an overview of ANSI’s activities and programs to accredit organizations that verify reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Continuing the focus on new energy topics in standardization, and in cooperation with the China Association of Standardization (CAS), a Sino-U.S. Workshop on New Energy Standardization was held in July that included a Technical Exchange on Electric Vehicles Standardization. The U.S. and Chinese roadmaps for EV standardization were presented, and U.S. experts from a variety of EV specialties presented on issues such as battery swapping, wireless charging, and conductive charging interface [see related news item].

An important ongoing topic for the Roundtable has been Chinese RoHS and China’s plans to institute a related certification scheme. A workshop was held on August 31, 2012, in cooperation with CQC and Centre Testing International (CTI). Roundtable members and participants were provided an update on the Chinese RoHS certification program and policies, as well as testing requirements and technologies. CQC and CTI presentations focused on how the voluntary certification scheme for RoHS will be implemented, and opportunities for industry to engage. ANSI members may access the CQC and CTI presentations online in Chinese only.

Finally, together with the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC), Roundtable members supported the U.S.-China Conformity Assessment Project (CAP), organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA). Experts from CNCA and CQC briefed participants on latest developments in the CCC program [see related news item].

In the coming months, the Roundtable will continue to address priority issues in China, as well as support technical topics of interest. In November, ANSI and CNIS will co-organize a workshop on standards for electrostatic discharge, in partnership with the Electrostatic Discharge Association (ESDA). Following that event, year-end celebrations will be held in Beijing and Shanghai including participants and speakers from this year’s Roundtable events.

For more information on these events or the ANSI Manufacturer Member Roundtable in China, please contact intl@ansi.org.

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