Department of Commerce (DOC) Metrology, Standards and Conformity Assessment Program
The United States and China highlighted the importance of open trade and investment by signing a new agreement on December 4, 2008 in Beijing. The Protocol between the U.S. Department of Commerce and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine the People’s Republic of China on Cooperation in Metrology, Standards and Conformity Assessment was signed by Commerce Deputy Secretary John Sullivan and AQSIQ Minister Wang Yong. The Protocol is intended to renew U.S and Chinese cooperation in facilitating bilateral trade, improving product quality, and increasing the development of technical standards and collaboration in the field of measurement science.
Enhanced cooperation under the agreement is expected to include;
1. A Metrology Working Group with Points of Contact between the Foreign Affairs Office at the National Institute Metrology (NIM) in China and the Office of International and Academic Affairs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the US.
2. A Documentary Standards Working Group with Points of Contact between the International Cooperation Department at the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) and Technology Services at NIST.
3. A Conformity Assessment Working Group with Points of Contact between the International Cooperation Department at the Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) and the Standards Services Division (SSD) at NIST.
More efficient transactions in the global marketplace depend increasingly on our ability to promote the effective development and use of standards and this partnership with AQSIQ will ensure that consumers are confident of the quantity and quality of the product purchased. This collaboration on measurement and standards with China will help increase the well-being of their citizens by improving the quality of the water, the air, and the food, as well as the accuracy of their medical tests and treatments.