BSI has signed an agreement with China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) on the mutual recognition of voluntary standards for business and industry. This Memorandum of Understanding will enable British Standards to be more widely accepted in China.
Under the agreement, UK Plc will be able to request that the Chinese adopt the British Standard for specific products and services. This will remove the need for a British company to demonstrate that it has met the equivalent Chinese standard - a breakthrough for UK-China trade - and will facilitate market access, saving time and money, and delivering real competitive advantage.
This agreement will help open up the Chinese market to British companies that had limited or restricted access and will benefit UK business, particularly SMEs, which sell products and services into China. Through the mutual recognition and adoption of British Standards, it will give buyers and sellers confidence in the goods and services they are purchasing.
BSI has had a strong relationship with SAC for ten years, collaborating in the development of standards for business and industry. In the future, the partnership will focus on areas, such as corporate governance, emerging technologies, sustainable development and smart cities. This agreement will further strengthen and raise the profile of this relationship, to underpin trade between UK and China, especially in businesses that use standards to accelerate their route to market, and to drive innovation and growth.
BSI has received proposals from UK stakeholders on which standards they would like BSI to promote to China for adoption and have put those proposals forward to SAC. In addition, internal analysis focusing on trade priorities for both countries has identified a number of standards to be proposed in the future. BSI welcomes further proposals from UK stakeholders.