BSI and the Standardization Administration of China (SAC)

BSI and the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) have developed an excellent relationship over the past decade. The signing of a Joint Cooperation Agreement (JCA) in 2004 set out the framework for cooperation activities; it includes annual bilateral meetings, joint events, information exchange and staff secondments.

Today, partnership between SAC and BSI covers a wide range of technical and policy issues of importance to both countries. Strategic cooperation includes joint administration of several ISO Technical Committee Secretariats leading international standardization activities in areas of UK and Chinese industry interests(e.g. Energy Management and Quality Management). Over the years BSI has also provided technical assistance to SAC staff in the form of on-going training and capacity development to encourage and support SAC’s involvement and effectiveness in international standardization.

SAC and BSI have co-hosted events addressing standards for environmental protection, information security, Eurocodes, energy management and carbon management and produced joint publications to bring relevant British, European and International standards to 30,000 standards users in China.

Building on the strong relationship with SAC, BSI has also formed partnerships with the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA) to collaborate on personnel training and exchange of information on certification schemes, and with the China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) to contribute to the development of China’s national strategy for standardization, fundamental standards research, and the development of standards for environment protection, energy and resource conservation.

SAC and BSI launched a standards web portal to provide information on import and export requirements to boost trade between the two countries.

BSI has delivered a number of due diligence studies in China to identify the difference between UK, European and Chinese industry standards and regulations. BSI is delivering a major 5-year project to support China’s sustainable trade and investment system funded by the European Commission.

BSI has played a leading role in promoting SAC internationally in recent years, encouraging it to play a stronger, more influential role in the development of international standards for business and industry. This cooperation culminated in the elevation of SAC to a permanent member of the ISO Council in 2011 and a permanent member of the ISO Technical Management Board in 2013(where SAC now sits alongside BSI as one of the six permanent members).

This relationship that has been developed over the last 10 years culminated in the signing of an agreement at the end of 2013 which facilitates the mutual recognition and adoption of British and Chinese Standards. This is a significant breakthrough for both SAC and BSI which will allow China to adopt British Standards and the UK to adopt Chinese Standards, greatly simplifying international trade between the two countries.