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Consumer Wellbeing and Sustainable Development Targetted by 291 New National Standards

Some 291 new national standards are set to come into force as of 1 January 2019. Jointly endorsed by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and the Standardisation Administration of China (SAC), the standards have been designed to improve quality, ensure the safety of consumers, maintain green and sustainable development, minimise financial risks and help facilitate the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

With consumer wellbeing one of the priorities of the initiative, a total of six national standards relating to the cosmetics sector have been adopted. In the case of makeup remover oil, the standards specify particular sensory and physiochemical indices, as well as detailing the recommended testing methodology, for a variety of different products as a means of delivering qualifiable oversight. Five testing standards for detecting prohibited/restricted substances in 10 whitening agents and more than 20 cosmetics and hair dyeing products have also been adopted.

In order to ensure widespread understanding of the Action Plan on Belt and Road Standard Connectivity (2018-2020), an English version of 60 key national standards has been produced. This includes details of the mandatory standards relating to many of the sectors designated as priorities, including glass fibre production, industrial vehicles, hoisting machinery and fuel cells.

For further details (in Chinese), please visit the following links:

AQSIQ and SAC Approve Series of Important National Standards to Mark the Launch of the ‘Quality Improvement Action Year’

China National Standards Announcement (No. 2 [2018])

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