Organization of standardization in China

The Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China (SAC), supervised by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ), is a governing body authorized by the State Council to exercise the administrative function and the unified management of standardization in China.

In the past 30 years, China has made great achievements in its reform, and its work of standardization has also greatly improved. By the end of 2007 China had established 484 technical committees (TCs), 635 subcommittees (SCs), and 9 working groups (WGs) and registered more than 30,000 experts; China has also published 21,659 national standards, of which 3,136 (or 14.53%) are compulsory standards (GB), 18,313 (or 84.90%) are voluntary standards (GB/T) and 120 (0.55%) are directive technical documents (GB/Z).

Currently, SAC represents China in 12 international and regional standardization organizations, such as ISO, IEC and PASC. China is also an active member of 179 TCs and 424 SCs of ISO, 92 TCs and 78 SCs of IEC. China has taken responsibility for the secretariats of 11 TCs and 15 SCs of ISO, and of 4 TCs and 1 SCs of IEC. In addition, China has developed close cooperation with standardization bodies in many countries.

With the ongoing implementation of the Chinese socialist market economic system, especially after China's entry into the WTO, China's standardization is facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities. To meet market needs and provide better service, to strengthen standardization management and promote development of consistency between standards in China and international standards, we continue to improve our standardization system in terms of effective structure, transparent process and clear focus. China's standardization system will be closely linked to the market and duly reflect market change. At the same time, an open, highly transparent and highly efficient standardization mechanism, with enterprises as the principal agent and extensive participation from all walks of life, is expected to be established. China will constitute and apply its national standards in strict compliance with the Code of Good Practice of WTO/TBT. As China participates in the international economic cooperation in a wider range and in more areas and at a higher level, we hope to continue and strengthen our cooperation with international standardization organizations and other countries, take on more responsibility in the field of international standardization, and thus make China's contribution to its development

About SAC
Main Responsibilities of SAC
Responsibilities of each department of SAC
Subordinate Standardization Bodies of SAC in China
Standardization Law
Regulations for Implementation of Standardization Law