Implementation of Article 23(7) of the CEPA Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation
Under Article 23(7) of the CEPA Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation ("Ecotech Agreement") signed in June 2017, the Mainland will "actively consider recommending an eligible certification body located in Hong Kong to become a National Certification Body ("NCB") of China under the International Electrotechnical Commission System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components ("IECEE"). A NCB accepted according to IECEE Rules can recognise and issue CB Test Certificates for specified IEC standards, and such Test Certificates would be recognised by other NCBs under IECEE. The implementation of this Article would thus facilitate the local testing and certification ("T&C") sector to play a more active role in the Mainland and overseas.
The Innovation and Technology Commission ("ITC"), having liaised with the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China ("CNCA"), and consulted the T&C sector in July 2017, has set out the implementation details.
According to IECEE 02-2 "IECEE Membership", IECEE requires a NCB to "be well-established and operate a certification or approval scheme at national level for electrotechnical equipment or components that provides market access to the country of the NCB". As the certification body located in Hong Kong would join IECEE as the NCB of China, the abovementioned "certification or approval scheme" should be construed as the China Compulsory Certification ("CCC") system. On the basis of this understanding, as well as making reference to IECEE's requirements and views of CNCA and the T&C sector, a set of assessment criteria and marking scheme has been drawn up as set out in the Guide to Application (Chinese only).
Announcement of Assessment Result
The application period ended on 30 November 2018. An independent Nomination Panel (comprising academics and professionals) has completed its assessment on all eligible applications based on the assessment criteria and marking scheme. According to the assessment result, the Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre Limited has obtained the highest score and hence, the Nomination Panel has recommended it to CNCA for nomination. After consideration, CNCA, in March 2019, agreed to nominate the Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre Limited to join IECEE as the NCB of China.
Membership of the Nomination Panel – Professor Kwok-tong Chau (convener), Professor Wah-kwan Dennis Lee and Mr Chi-yan Shiu