In essence standard practice as quality and safety increasingly
overtake quantity as main consumer concerns an upgrading in
production standards is regarded as the natural way forward.
That is the logic of Minister Li Changjiang, who said China must
triple the number of new standards to 6,000 each year till 2010,
especially for farm produce quality, animal and plant disease
prevention and the detection of any harmful substances in food.
By 2010, 80 percent of national standards compared with 40
percent now would be derived from advanced, international
standards, Li, chief of the State Administration of Quality
Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said yesterday.
Speaking at a national standardization meeting in Beijing the
official said formulation of standards must be done in tandem with
economic development needs and contribute to building an
At least 44 percent of China's 21,342 national standards needed
to be thoroughly revised and another 11 percent-- or 2,000--had
become obsolete and must be abolished, Li said.
A national standard should be assessed for efficacy within five
years of its issuance, said Cui Hua, an official with the
Standardization Administration of China (SAC).
However, largely because of funding shortages, many national
standards including those for food quality had been in use for more
than a decade without being assessed or revised.
The situation was expected to change during the
11th Five-Year Guidelines (2006-10) when the SAC reviews
national standards every five years, Cui said.
The SAC will upgrade 9,500 "outdated" national standards within
three years and formulate 6,000 standards each year compared with
annual average of 2,000 in recent years, SAC sources said.
At least 1,700 standards or technical codes will be formulated
to help improve the quality and safety of agricultural products, to
prevent and control major animal epidemics and plant diseases,
according to a draft guideline for standardization work during the
Another 1,000 standards will be devised to screen and detect
traces of harmful and poisonous residues and micro-organisms in
products, says the draft document, which was submitted to officials
and experts for deliberation yesterday.
Safety of coal mining is another focus of the country's
standardization work. At least 30 standards for prevention and
control of fires or floods at collieries are planned before 2010,
according to the proposed guideline.
(China Daily March 24, 2006)