Views Sought on Mainland Liberalisation Measures Relating to Testing and Certification
In view of the latest developments in respect of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)1 and the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Outline Development Plan)2, the Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification (HKCTC) is inviting the testing and certification (T&C) sector to provide specific views and suggestions on how to further leverage these platforms to create more opportunities for the sector in Hong Kong, particularly in the following areas:
- New liberalisation measures under CEPA in the future, including specific suggestions on the further opening of the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) market;
- Some members of the industry have reflected that the main cause for Hong Kong’s conformity assessment results not being widely recognised in the Mainland was that Hong Kong’s testing organisations did not have the China Metrology Accreditation (CMA) qualifications, and were not authorised to attach the CMA mark on their reports. How can we enable Hong Kong’s conformity assessment results be accepted in the Mainland, and do you have any specific implementation suggestions?
- How can we promote the use of Hong Kong’s T&C services among the Greater Bay Area enterprises? In this regard, HKCTC will participate in the “China Hi-Tech Fair” in Shenzhen in November 2019 and the “Chic．HK” organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council in Guangzhou in January 2020 to promote Hong Kong’s T&C services. Please let us know if your organisation is interested to send representatives to go to these events.
We also welcome other views from the sector and/or specific examples on the difficulties encountered in providing T&C services to the Mainland, with a view to exploring possible solutions.
Please send us your views on or before 24 May 2019 (Friday) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 2877 9251.
|1||In December 2018, the CEPA Agreement on Trade in Services was revised to further expand the scope of CCC testing that can be undertaken by Hong Kong testing organisations to cover all products that are processed or manufactured in the Mainland requiring CCC. The new measure was implemented on 1 March 2019. Separately, the CEPA Agreement on Trade in Goods signed in December 2018 contains an exploratory provision on mutual recognition of testing and certification results between the two sides, and encourages the conformity assessment bodies of both sides to work more closely.|
|2||The Outline Development Plan promulgated in February 2019 mentions “support[ing] Greater Bay Area enterprises in using services of Hong Kong such as testing and certification”.|
Annex – Recent provisions relating to T&C in CEPA Agreements and the Outline Development Plan