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AQSIQ Lifts Control on Seven Types of Inspection and Testing Fees

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) lifted control on certain types of inspection and testing fees on 1 August 2015. The charging standards for these services will be set by the relevant professional service bodies in accordance with the Price Law and other laws and regulations. This policy change affects seven types of services.

1. Cell phone testing fees. These cover the fees collected by authorised testing institutions established by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China in accordance with the law from applicants for the inspection and testing of cell phones for type approval, network access licence and CCC certification.

2. National level special equipment inspection and testing fees. These cover the fees charged by national-level special equipment inspection and testing institutions for their bounden duties of inspection, testing and qualification review of special equipment as well as for technical services of a commercial nature entrusted on a voluntary basis. These institutions include: the China Special Equipment Inspection and Research Centre, China Hoisting and Conveying Equipment Quality Supervision and Inspection Centre, China National Passenger Aerial Ropeway Safety Supervision and Inspection Centre, National Elevator Quality Supervision and Inspection Centre, and National Construction Machinery Quality Supervision and Inspection Centre.

3. Barcoding service fees. These cover the barcode usage application fees, barcode film research and development fees and barcoding system maintenance fees collected by the Article Numbering Center of China from enterprises applying for barcode usage.

4. Operational service charges for inspection and quarantine. These cover the fees collected by the entry-exit inspection and quarantine authorities for services including entry-exit quarantine treatment (including sterilisation, pest control, rat extermination and disinfestation), preventive vaccination and medical examination and animal immunisation vaccination not required by law, and inspection, testing and appraisal services of a commercial nature entrusted on a voluntary basis. 

5. Metrological calibration and testing fees. These cover the fees collected by national-level metrological verification institutions for technical services of metrological calibration and testing of metrological instruments. These institutions include: the National Institute of Metrology, National Institute of Measurement and Testing Technology, national metrological testing centres in major regions, national professional metrological stations and sub-stations.

6. Accreditation fees. These cover the accreditation fees charged by the National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment from applicants for accreditation work performed for product certification authorities and laboratories (inspection organs) and certification training institutions, including application fees, assessment fees, validation and registration fees and annual fees, as well as assessment fees, registration fees and training course accreditation fees charged by the China Certification and Accreditation Association for the assessment and registration of certification personnel and the accreditation of training courses of certification training institutions.

7. Mandatory product certification fees. These cover application fees, production inspection fees, factory inspection fees, approval and registration fees, follow-up inspection fees, annual fees and certification mark fees charged by mandatory product certification authorities and laboratories and mandatory product certification mark issuing authorities for mandatory product certification.

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