BSI Helps Britain Trade With China

PRESS RELEASE - 29 August 2003

BSI pioneers certification to OHSAS 18001 for Chinese manufacturers

UK manufacturers can have even greater confidence in Chinese trading partners now the Chinese Government is endorsing certification to the occupational health and safety management system, OHSAS 18001. As a leading global certification body, BSI Management Systems announced today that it is now able to audit Chinese companies against the requirements set out in the standard.

On the 8th July 2003, BSI Management Systems in China became one of the first foreign certification bodies providing certification for OHSAS 18001 to be awarded accreditation by the China National Accreditation for OSHMS Certification Bodies (CNASC).

As an authority in developing and providing OHSAS 18001 certification, BSI Management Systems will incorporate production, safety legislation, safety management systems and related management systems already accredited by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), The Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB) of the USA and Raad voor Accreditatie (RvA) of the Netherlands. BSI Management Systems China will provide certification services for a broad range of management systems to its clients who operate in a wide range of industrial sectors.

Feng Zhibin, office manager of CNASC comments: "As an internationally known certification body, BSI plays a proactive role in the development and promotion of standards. Upon this accreditation by the CNASC, BSI will be able to better drive the occupational health and safety movement in China. The advantages BSI possesses will reduce the gap between production safety management in Chinese enterprises and that of the international community."

Neil Hannah, managing director of BSI Management Systems (EMEA), says: "This award by CNASC signifies that BSI Management Systems is increasingly being recognised by the Chinese Government as an authority in management systems certification in China. This helps UK and European companies source goods with confidence as their suppliers, who are certified to OHSAS 18001 with BSI, are ensuring they have systems in place to meet their H&S responsibilities.

We are confident that this development paves the way for even greater cohesion and understanding between UK and Chinese organisations."