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  Date Name of Seminar
1. 11 Jaunary 2019 Metrology Symposium 2019
1. 10 Jaunary 2019 Underground Utility Survey Based on Nondestructive Testing, Surveying, Imaging and Diagnostic (NDTSID) Approaches cum Consultation Forum
1. 19 September 2018 Research and Development of Chinese Medicines 2018
1. 12 July 2018 Seminar on Cybersecurity Testing
1. 11 July 2018 The World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD) Forum 2018
1. 29 June 2018 Anti-corruption Workshops for Testing and Certification Organisations
1. 31 January 2018 Seminar on “Latest Development of Testing and Certification under CEPA”
1. 26 January 2018 Seminar on “Latest Development of Construction Materials Testing, Inspection and Certification”
1. 18 December 2017 Seminar on “Testing and Certification for Environmental Excellence”
1. 16 November 2017 Seminar on “Support to the Testing and Certification Industry”
1. 27 October 2017 Metrology Symposium 2017
1. 12 September 2017 Research and Development of Chinese Medicines 2017
1. 10 July 2017 Seminar on “Integrity and Professional Development in Testing and Certification Industry”
1. 28 June 2017 Seminar on “Testing and Certification of Wireless and Telecommunication Products”
1. 6 June 2017 The World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD) Forum 2017
1. 1 March 2017 Seminar on "Testing and Certification Services for Engineers"
1. 19 January 2017 Seminar on "Supports to SME from Testing and Certification"
1. 8 December 2016 Seminar on “Food Testing and Certification”
1. 28 October 2016 Metrology Symposium 2016
1. 26 October 2016 Workshop on “ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management System Certification 2016”
1. 19 October 2016 Seminar on “Testing and Certification for Fire Safety in Buildings”
1. 12 October 2016 Seminar on “Accreditation for Medical Laboratories - The Road Towards Quality and Competence”
1. 20 September 2016 Research and Development of Chinese Medicines 2016
1. 17 September 2016 Seminar on "Certification and Testing, Professionalization and Internationalization of Business Practice in the Fei Cui Jewellery Industry"
1. 27 June 2016 Integrity Management in Testing and Certification Industry
1. 8 June 2016 The World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD) 2016
1. 1 March 2016 Chinese Medicines Testing and Certification
1. 1 December 2015 Quality Management and Quality Assurance
1. 25 November 2015 Conference on ISO 9001:2015
1. 13 November 2015 Product Certification on Construction Materials
1. 10-11 Sep 2015 Research and Development of Chinese Medicines 2015
1. 13 July 2015 Professional Integrity in Testing and Certification
2. 6 July 2015 Sharing on R&D Projects of Medical Testing
3. 26 June 2015 Mainland Opportunities for Hong Kong's Testing and Certification Industry
4. 19 June 2015 Workshop on ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management System Certification
5. 29 May 2015 The World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD) 2015
6. 17 March 2015 Gold Testing and Gemstone Authentication in Hong Kong
7. 9 March 2015 Healthy Life and Food Testing and Certification
8. 5 February 2015 Greenhouse Gas Validation and Verification
9. 9 December 2014 Use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Testing and Certification of Construction Materials
10. 4 November 2014 Chinese Medicines Testing and Certification
11. 4-5 September 2014 Research and Development of Chinese Medicines
12. 9 July 2014 Testing and Certification of Garment, Footwear and Eyewear : from Hong Kong to Emerging Markets
13. 30 May 2014 Celebrating World Metrology Day, World Accreditation Day and World Standards Day 2014
14. 25 April 2014 Food Certification
15. 25 February 2014 ISO 50001 Energy Management System (EnMS) and Certification
16. 4 December 2013 Supports to the Testing and Certification Industry
17. 28-29 November 2013 US Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC's) Requirements
18. 1 November 2013 Useful Tool for Building Inspection -- Diagnostic Tests on Concrete (Encore)
19. 8 October 2013 Integrity and Professional Development in Testing and Certification Industry
20. 27 September 2013 Proposed Rules Under the US FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
21. 5-6 September 2013 Research and Development of Chinese Medicines — Present and Future
22. 19 June 2013 Presentation on the Work of the Council
23. 14 June 2013 Accreditation : Facilitating World Trade
24. 20 May 2013 World Metrology Day 2013: Measurements in Daily Life
25. 17 April 2013 Useful Tool for Building Inspection -- Diagnostic Tests on Concrete
26. 15 March 2013 Quality Carbon Audit Practices
27. 8 March 2013 Latest Development in Standard Testing Method and Certification of Fei Cui
28. 28 February 2013 CEPA for Testing and Certification Industry
29. 14 January 2013 Software Testing Service
30. 11 January 2013 Talk on Testing and Certification Industry
31. 4 December 2012 Food Testing and Certification
32. 28 November 2012 Talk on Volatile Organic Compound (VOC)
33. 22 October 2012 Testing for Toy Safety: EU's Latest Requirements
34. 14 September 2012 Chinese Medicines
35. 10 July 2012 Authentication of Chinese Medicines
36. 18 June 2012 Emerging Trend of Accreditation and Certification
37. 15 June 2012 World Accreditation Day 2012
38. 24 May 2012 World Metrology Day 2012
39. 14 February 2012 Supplement VIII to Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) for Testing and Certification Industry
40. 17 January 2012 Food Identification and Authentication
41. 8 December 2011 Seminar cum Networking Dinner Organized by the Innovation and Technology Commission, the Accreditation Advisory Board and the Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification
42. 23 November 2011 Supports to Construction Industry - How Product Certification Helps in Risk Management
43. 3 November 2011 Ethical Management for Testing and Certification Industry
44. 16 September 2011 Supports to Testing and Certification Industry
45. 24 June 2011 Perspective in Global Food Safety and Quality Certification
46. 11 May 2011 Radiation Measurement
47. 28 April 2011 Toys Product Testing - Latest Development and Business Opportunities
48. 25 March 2011 Drug Testing Technology
49. 28 February 2011 Business Opportunities for Testing and Certification in the Mainland of China
50. 31 January 2011 The Meaning of Accreditation to Medical Testing
51. 24 November 2010 Current Development on Electronic and Electrical Product Testing
52. 25 October 2010 Support to Testing and Certification Industry

 

1. Metrology Symposium 2019 (11 January 2019)

The Council, Government Laboratory, the Open University of Hong Kong and the Standards and Calibration Laboratory (SCL) of Innovation and Technology Commission will co-organise Metrology Symposium 2019 on 11 January 2019 (Friday). (Programme)

May 20, 2019 will make its mark in history as the memorable day of the implementation of the revised International System of Units (SI). On that day, there will be a major revision of the SI, the foundation of measurements. Four of the seven SI base units namely kilogram, ampere, kelvin and mole will be redefined based on the fundamental constants, which remove the current limitations imposed by the use of artefact standards. The change will bring significant impacts and further developments to the modern world.

The poster designed by SCL was selected as the poster of the World Metrology Day 2019. The design ideas were based on modern world is becoming smarter with many smart technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data, robotics, virtual reality (VR), 5G and autonomous vehicles etc., in which they are all built on smart sensors and transducers and rely on precision measurements. With better foundation of metrology, a better and smarter world can be built. This Symposium attempts to unfold to the local testing and certification industry as well as the parties interested in metrology how the revision of SI will enable us to embrace further improvements in measurement science and technology for a better and smarter world.

Details of the symposium are as follows:

Venue: D0309, 3/F, Jockey Club Campus,
The Open University of Hong Kong,
81 Chung Hau Street, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong
(Location Map)
Date: 11 January 2019 (Friday)
Time: 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Fee: Free admission
Language: Cantonese (presentation slides in English)

The symposium is supported by Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, Hong Kong Institution of Certified Auditors, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers – Control, Automation and Instrumentation Division, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers – Electronics Division, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers – Manufacturing and Industrial Division, Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel, Hong Kong Society for Quality, Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification, Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre, Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Ltd. and Vocational Training Council.

Since seats at the seminar are limited, RSVP. For enrolment, please complete the enrolment form and return it either by fax (2547 9528) or by email (to : metrology2019@icc.com.hk on or before 28 December 2018 (Friday). Notification of seating availability will be made by email starting from 4 January 2019 (Friday).

Enquiry Hotline: 2559 9973

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1. Underground Utility Survey Based on Nondestructive Testing, Surveying, Imaging and Diagnostic (NDTSID) Approaches cum Consultation Forum (10 January 2019)

The Council, Hong Kong Accreditation Service and Department of Land Surveying and Geo-informatics of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University will co-organise a Seminar on Underground Utility Survey Based on Nondestructive Testing, Surveying, Imaging and Diagnostic (NDTSID) Approaches cum Consultation Forum on 10 January 2019 (Thursday). (Programme)

In this one-day consultation forum, three keynote speakers (International Advisory Committee) will be invited to introduce NDTSID latest development of technologies and share their experiences on implementing NDTSID in their countries (the UK and the US).

Details of the seminar are as follows:

Venue: Z207, 2/F, BLK. Z, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Date: 10 January 2019 (Thursday)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Fee: Free admission

Since seats at the seminar are limited, RSVP. For enrolment, please visit the seminar website: https://www6.polyu.edu.hk/lsgi/uusspec/ to complete registration on or before 30 December 2018 (Sunday).

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1. Research and Development of Chinese Medicines 2018 (19 September 2018)

The Council co-organised the Seminar on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines 2018 on 19 September 2018 with the Committee on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines. (Flyer)

This is the seventh Chinese medicines seminar organised by the Committee in conjunction with the Council, the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority. The Seminar aimed to promote research and development of Chinese medicines, facilitate communication and explore opportunities for collaboration among stakeholders in the field, as well as share knowledge on technology trends, research outcomes and clinical experiences of Chinese and integrative medicines.

This year's seminar included plenary lectures and parallel sessions covering various important topics, such as frontiers in Chinese medicine research and technologies, as well as research of Chinese medicine in managing elderly diseases and osteoporosis.

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1. Seminar on Cybersecurity Testing (12 July 2018)

The Council and Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on Cybersecurity Testing on 12 July 2018 (Thursday). (Flyer)

With the rapid development and wider use of new technology applications, such as online services, mobile payment, cloud services and smart products, the transmission of digital data has become frequent. This has also resulted in increasing public concern about associated information security risks.

This seminar introduced to participants the standards developed to address protection of smart products and IT systems from security threats and cyber attacks.

Topics of the seminar include:

  • Smart City, Smart Criminal, Who watching you from behind?
  • The Needs of IoT Security Assessment (Presentation)
  • Development and Applications of Common Criteria for IT Security Evaluation (Presentation)
  • Testing to ISO/IEC 15408 and other related standards in China (Presentation)
  • Tackling Insecurity of Things with UL 2900 (Presentation)
  • A Systems-approach to Conformity Assessment for Cybersecurity (Presentation)
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1. The World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD) Forum 2018 (11 July 2018)

The Council, Hong Kong Accreditation Service, the Standards and Calibration Laboratory and the Product Standards Information Bureau under the Innovation and Technology Commission as well as the Government Laboratory co-organised a World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD) Forum 2018 on 11 July 2018 (Wednesday). (Flyer)

Metrology, accreditation and standardisation are the three important pillars of the quality infrastructure. They often work hand in hand to protect public interests, enhance consumers’ confidence in goods and services, foster innovation and competitiveness, and facilitate communications among different parties.

This forum, organised in celebration of the World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD), introduced to participants the roles of the quality infrastructure for the betterment of society.

Topics of the forum include:

  • The Revised International System of Units: Creating the Future
  • Can We Quantify the Value that the Global Quality Infrastructure Has on Our Health and Safety?
  • Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Big Data in Railway Asset Management
  • The Role of Metrology in Chemistry in the Upholding of Public Safety

 

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1. Anti-corruption Workshop for Testing and Certification Organisations (29 June 2018)

The Council, Hong Kong Accreditation Service and Independent Commission Against Corruption co-organised an Anti-corruption Workshop for Testing and Certification Organisations on 29 June 2018 (Friday). (Flyer)

One of Hong Kong's key strengths is the high level of integrity and credibility of the Hong Kong society as a whole, which gives confidence to users of testing and certification (T&C) services. Maintaining a high level of professional integrity is of utmost importance and ensures that T&C services are provided in a reliable, consistent and impartial manner.

In this workshop, representative of ICAC gave an analysis on common corruption risks and ethical issues encountered by practitioners in the T&C industry.

Topics of the workshop include

  • Professional Integrity and Hong Kong’s Anti-bribery Legislation (Presentation)
  • Professional Integrity and Managing Staff Integrity (Presentation)
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1. Seminar on “Latest Development of Testing and Certification under CEPA” (31 January 2018)

The Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service and Trade and Insdutry Department co-organised a Seminar on “Latest Development of Testing and Certification under CEPA” on 31 January 2018 (Wednesday). (Flyer)

The Mainland has again introduced new liberalisation measures relating to testing and certification (T&C) under the CEPA framework in recent months. Two liberalisation measures related to certification were introduced under the CEPA Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation signed in June 2017. The Implementation Guide for the Articles Relating to Certification and Accreditation in the CEPA Agreement on Trade in Services promulgated in September 2017 included new liberalisation measures in the areas of China Compulsory Certification (CCC) and factory inspection.

To enhance knowledge of the local T&C industry on the Mainland market, the “Seminar on the Latest Development of Testing and Certification under CEPA” was held on 31 January. Representatives from the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNCA) and China Quality Certification Centre (CQC) updated participants on the liberalisation measures, and discussed the cooperation arrangements between Hong Kong T&C industry and Mainland certification bodies. Representative from the Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) also briefed the audience on the procedures and requirements for local testing organisations to obtain accreditation for CCC testing.

Topics of the seminar include

  • New Liberalisation Measures introduced under the Implementation Guide for Articles Relating to Certification and Accreditation of the CEPA Agreement on Trade in Services
  • Implementation Guide for Articles Relating to Certification and Accreditation of the CEPA Agreement on Trade in Services: Cooperation between Mainland Certification Bodies and Hong Kong Testing and Certification Industry
  • Articles Relating to Testing and Certification in the CEPA Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation
  • Procedures and Requirements for Accrediting Hong Kong's Testing Organisations to the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) System
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1. Seminar on “Latest Development of Construction Materials Testing, Inspection and Certification” (26 January 2018)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on “Latest Development in Construction Materials Testing, Inspection and Certification” on 26 January 2018 (Friday). (Flyer)

In recent years, infrastructure and construction projects in Hong Kong are being carried out in full swing. Quality of these projects is being upheld with essential support from testing and certification services. New testing and inspection technologies are being explored to make continuous improvement in the quality and safety of buildings. In addition, product certification schemes for a wide range of construction materials have been developed to help safeguard the quality of construction materials.

In this seminar, representatives from Government department, research and development institute and tertiary institutions shared with us the latest development in the areas of construction materials testing, inspection and certification.

Topics of the seminar include

  • Testing of Cores taken from Cement Stabilised Soil (Presentation)
  • Sharing Experience on Product Certification Audits (Presentation)
  • Underground Utility Imaging and Diagnosis
  • Development and Characterization of C-100 High Strength Concrete (Presentation)
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1. Seminar on “Testing and Certification for Environmental Excellence” (18 December 2017)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on “Testing and Certification for Environmental Excellence” on 18 December 2017 (Monday). (Flyer)

With increasing awareness of the importance of environmental protection, many enterprises and organisations have put in place green management and energy conservation measures. In this regard, the testing and certification industry has been providing valuable support. Local testing and certification bodies are helping to monitor the conditions of our environment. For example, they conduct testing on air samples to assess air quality, take water samples to check the amount of heavy metals, etc. In addition, they provide third party certification services for environmental related management systems to help enterprises and organisations achieve their environmental objectives in accordance with international standards.

This seminar aimed to introduce how testing and certification services can help improve the environment and enhance energy efficiency for buildings, facilities and offices. We invited representatives from the Hong Kong Accreditation Service, professional body and testing and certification organisations to share their insights on the needs for and benefits of different environmental-related testing and certification services. A commercial company also shared its experience in making use of certification service to accomplish its environmental conservation objectives.

Topics of the seminar include

  • Indoor Air Quality Control for Offices and Facilities (Presentation)
  • Improve Water Quality in Our Daily Lives by Testing Services (Presentation)
  • Choosing Quality Testing and Certification Services (Presentation)
  • Environmental Certification and Verification: How to Support Enterprise’s Improvement and Growth (Presentation)
  • Experience Sharing: Achieve Greening and Energy Conservation through Certification (Presentation)
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1. Seminar on “Support to the Testing and Certification Industry” (16 November 2017)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on “Support to the Testing and Certification Industry” on 16 November 2017 (Thursday). (Flyer)

Testing and certification is an industry where Hong Kong enjoys clear advantages. To support the industry for further development, different Government departments, public bodies and education institutions have been implementing various schemes and measures to enhance the competitiveness of the industry.

The seminar aimed to introduce these schemes and measures to practitioners and stakeholders of the testing and certification industry. Representatives from Government departments spoke on the various funding schemes that provided support to the industry, especially small and medium enterprises. The Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation talked about its Testing and Inspection Services Policy. Two post-secondary institutions shared their experience in training and attracting talents, and introduced how the academia and the trade could work together for manpower development of the industry.

Topics of the seminar include

  • Government Funding Support for Research and Development in the Testing and Certification Industry (Presentation)
  • Trade and Industry Department’s Support Measures for SMEs (Presentation (Chinese Only))
  • Testing and Inspection Services Policy, Tailor-made for the Industry
  • Continuing Training and Professional Development for Manpower of the Testing and Certification Industry (Presentation)
  • Training for Manpower Needs of Testing and Certification Industry - Earn and Learn Scheme
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1. Metrology Symposium 2017 (27 October 2017)

The Council and the Standards and Calibration Laboratory co-organised Metrology Symposium 2017 on 27 October 2017 (Friday). (Flyer)

In November 2018, the 26th General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) will review the International System of Units (SI) of four of the seven base units namely kilogram, ampere, kelvin and mole by fixing the values of the Planck constant (h), the elementary charge (e), the Boltzmann constant (k) and the Avogadro constant (NA). Upon approval, the redefined SI will be implemented worldwide on the following World Metrology Day which is on 20 May 2019.

Obviously, this event will have major impacts on the worldwide science and metrology community. This Symposium attempted to unfold the latest development of this important event to the local testing and certification industry, as well as the parties interested in metrology. Taking this opportunity, the progress in revision of a seminal document for the metrology community – “Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement” was also reported in the Symposium.

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1. Research and Development of Chinese Medicines 2017 (12 September 2017)

The Council co-organised the Seminar on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines 2017 on 12 September 2017 with the Committee on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines. (Flyer)

This is the sixth Chinese medicines seminar organised by the Committee in conjunction with the Council, the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority. The Seminar aimed to promote the research and development of Chinese medicine, facilitate communication and explore opportunities for collaboration among stakeholders, as well as share knowledge on technology trends, research outcomes and integrative Western and Chinese medicines.

This year's seminar included plenary lectures and parallel sessions covering various important topics, such as on testing and standardization of Chinese medicines, as well as recent trends in research and clinical practice of Chinese medicine in managing degenerative diseases.

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1. Seminar on “Integrity and Professional Development in Testing and Certification Industry” (10 July 2017)

The Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service and the Independent Commission Against Corruption co-organised a Seminar on “Integrity and Professional Development in Testing and Certification Industry” on 10 July 2017 (Monday). (Flyer)

Professionalism and integrity are foundation of good business. They also form part of the core value of Hong Kong’s testing and certification (T&C) industry. Corporations in the T&C sector are encouraged to adopt good practice to safeguard these competitive edges. Industry practitioners can also participate in various professional development schemes to enhance their capability.

This is the fifth HKCTC seminar on integrity and professional development. The seminar this year invited representatives from the ICAC, public and professional organisations as well as industry leaders to offer useful advice on ways to pursue high level of professional at both the corporate and individual practitioner levels. Participants took this opportunity to learn from the distinguished speakers their insight and advice.

Topics of the seminar include

  • Professional Integrity and Corruption Prevention (Presentation)
  • ISO 37001 Anti-bribery Management Systems: an Introduction (Presentation)
  • Qualifications Framework and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Assessment (Presentation 1) (Presentation 2)
  • Auditor Quality and Qualification – Key to Professional Development in Testing and Certification Industry
  • How Personnel Certification Scheme can Help to Develop Professionalism in the Testing and Certification Industry
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1. Seminar on “Testing and Certification of Wireless and Telecommunication Products” (28 June 2017)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on “Testing and Certification of Wireless and Telecommunication products” on 28 June 2017 (Wednesday). (Flyer)

In recent years, wireless, telecommunication and smart products have been undergoing rapid development and have formed an important part of people’s daily life. While these products may help leading us to a smarter way of living, their safety and performance are of paramount concern.

Testing and certification plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and quality of products. Through third party testing and certification services, manufacturers and traders could be assured that these products comply with international standards or regulations, thus enhancing product quality and consumer confidence, and establishing good reputation.

This seminar aimed to introduce the latest trend and development in testing and certification on wireless and telecommunication products. Different parties including government department, trade and professional bodies, and testing and certification organisations were invited to share their insight on the needs, benefits and latest requirements for testing and certification of these products.

Topics of the seminar include

  • The Hong Kong Telecommunications Equipment Evaluation and Certification Scheme (Presentation)
  • Potential Demand for Testing and Certification of Wireless and Telecommunication Products
  • Productization and Pre-test Support of Smart Telecommunication Devices (Presentation)
  • How to Stay Competitive in the“Smart Future”?
  • The European Union’s New Radio Equipment Directive (RED)
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1. The World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD) Forum 2017 (6 June 2017)

The Council, Hong Kong Accreditation Service, the Standards and Calibration Laboratory and the Product Standards Information Bureau under the Innovation and Technology Commission as well as the Government Laboratory co-organised a World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD) Forum 2017 on 6 June 2017 (Tuesday). (Flyer)

Quality infrastructure is the totality of the institutional framework that establishes and implements standardisation, metrology, accreditation and conformity assessment services. It supports the effective functioning of a society through enhancing confidence in goods and services, fostering innovation and competitiveness, improving the quality of life, as well as facilitating communication between different parties. A sound quality infrastructure is the cornerstone of a smart, modern city.

This forum, organised in celebration of the World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD), introduced to participants various aspects and benefits of the quality infrastructure.

Topics of the forum include:

  • Role of Metrology for Safe and Reliable Transport
  • Accreditation in Supporting the Built Environment
  • Standards Making Cities Smarter – Recent Initiatives
  • Third-party Certification and Testing: the Hong Kong Housing Authority's Experience
  • Chemical Metrology in Supporting Renewable Fuel
  • Metrology Supports Modern Transport
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1. Seminar on "Testing and Certification Services for Engineers" (1 March 2017)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service helped arranged a Seminar on "Testing and Certification Services for Engineers" for the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers on 1 March 2017 (Wednesday). (Details)

Testing and certification is essential to environmental protection and construction.

For example, construction materials are tested to verify that they meet the required safety and environmental standards, air samples are tested to gauge air quality, and management system of an organisation is certified to be in compliance with international environmental management standards.

The seminar updated participants on the latest development in environmental-related testing and certification services.

Topics of the seminar include:

  • Laboratory Accreditation and Environmental Testing in Hong Kong (Presentation)
  • ISO 14064 Series, GHG Quantification & Reporting, GHG Validation & Verification, and related Accreditation Services (Presentation)
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1. Seminar on "Supports to SME from Testing and Certification" (19 January 2017)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on "Supports to SME from Testing and Certification" on 19 January 2017 (Thursday). (Flyer)

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are an important pillar of Hong Kong's economy. They form the majority of enterprises in Hong Kong and employ half of the private-sector workforce. It would be beneficial to the whole economy if SMEs are able to enhance their global competitiveness through using testing and certification (T&C) services.

For decades, the local T&C industry has been supporting the manufacturing, export and other sectors in Hong Kong. It enjoys good international reputation and testing reports and certificates issued in Hong Kong are hallmark of excellence. The T&C industry provides quality assurance and helps our SMEs to comply with different international standards and regulations, thus minimising the chance of recalls, returns and complaints, which all would ultimately translate to new business opportunities. Apart from testing, the industry also provides a wide range of management system certification service to help the SMEs to enhance their management and service quality.

In this seminar, different T&C bodies and Hong Kong Accreditation Service introduced T&C services and their benefits, and shared how to select a reliable T&C service. Various support being provided to the SMEs such as the new Technology Voucher Programme, and the testing facilities for shared use were introduced. We also invited SMEs to share their experience in using T&C service, deepening participants' understanding about the topics.

Topics of the seminar include:

  • How Product Testing Services Help You? (Presentation)
  • Manage Challenges and Grasp Business Opportunity
  • How to Select Reliable Testing and Certification Services (Presentation)
  • “Certificate” – a Growth Stimulator of Commerce (Presentation (Chinese Only))
  • Experience Sharing on Using Testing and Certification Service in Business
  • Technology Voucher Programme
  • “Lab Test One” – A Platform for Shared-Use of Public Testing Facilities to Benefit SMEs in Hong Kong
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1. Seminar on “Food Testing and Certification” (8 December 2016)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on “Food Testing and Certification” on 8 December 2016 (Thursday). (Flyer)

Dining is one of Hong Kong’s main attractions. Cuisines and food products from all over the world can be found here. To maintain Hong Kong’s reputation as the culinary capital of Asia, it is equally important to assure food safety as well as to maintain food variety and excellent culinary skill.

The Government, the food and catering trade, and the testing and certification industry are the key players in ensuring food safety. Through regulatory control and other initiatives, the Government monitors food safety at critical points along the entire supply chain. The food and catering trade makes use of testing and certification services to enhance customers’ confidence over safety and quality.

The seminar aimed to provide participants with essential information on the food surveillance programme undertaken by the Centre for Food Safety, the professional support provided by the testing and certification industry as well as the experience of using testing and certification service shared by the trade.

Topics of the seminar include:

  • Food Surveillance Programme and Food Safety
  • Food Testing (Presentation)
  • Food Safety Management Certification Services
  • Experience Sharing on Applying Product Certification to Food Product (Presentation)
  • Food Product Certification Scheme
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1. Metrology Symposium 2016 (28 October 2016)

The Council and the Standards and Calibration Laboratory co-organised Metrology Symposium 2016 on 28 October 2016 (Friday). (Flyer)

Hong Kong has been serving as a testing and certification (T&C) service hub for the Pearl River Delta Region of Mainland China for many years. Quality management systems (QMS) and metrology play a crucial role in supporting the T&C industry. This symposium aims to provide a platform for the practitioners to learn the importance of the QMS and its impact on metrology. The topics of the symposium focus on the latest development in the QMS, measurement uncertainties in unusual situations, method validation technique in chemical measurements and medical metrology.

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1. Workshop on “ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management System Certification 2016” (26 October 2016)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Workshop on “ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management System Certification 2016” on 26 October 2016 (Wednesday). (Flyer)

Information Security Management System (ISMS) is a management system or a part of the overall management system using a systematic approach for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving information security. It is applicable to organisations of all sizes and in all business sectors, particularly those which need to store and/ or handle sensitive personal or commercial information.

Given the increasing concern over information security and the potential loss to business due to security breaches, more organisations are aware of the advantages of being certified to ISO/IEC 27001, which is one of the most well-recognised ISMS standards globally. Certification of ISMS to ISO/IEC 27001 allows an organisation to demonstrate that its information assets are adequately protected against information security risks. It gives greater confidence to its business partners, clients, authorities and other interested parties.

The workshop gave an overview of ISO/IEC 27001 and discussed how to get prepared for the certification process. There was also experience sharing by certified users, as well as an introduction on the services provided by the Hong Kong Accreditation Service.

Topics of the workshop include:

  • Practical Implementation of ISO/IEC 27001 and Case Studies (Presentation)
  • Getting Certified to ISO/IEC 27001 – Experience Sharing (Presentation)
  • Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) – How Its Services Help You? (Presentation)
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1. Seminar on “Testing and Certification for Fire Safety in Buildings” (19 October 2016)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on “Testing and Certification for Fire Safety in Buildings” on 19 October 2016 (Wednesday). (Flyer)

The recent fire at an industrial building in Hong Kong has sparked public concern about building fire safety. Fire safety in buildings is determined by a number of factors including, for example, the fire resistance of the building materials. It is vital that building structure and components as well as the fire products and equipment installed could meet stringent safety and performance standards. Testing and certification plays a key role in ensuring the performance and quality of these components, installations and equipment meet the latest fire safety requirements.

In this seminar, Government departments, professional bodies and institutions were invited to provide updates on the latest development of testing methods, requirements, properties and product certification schemes of different fire protection building components and products.

Topics of the seminar include:

  • The Importance of Fire Tests & Submission of Fire Test Reports for Materials and Products in Building Works under Buildings Ordinance
  • Behaviour of Burnt Structures and Testing Requirement
  • Product Conformity Certification Scheme for Passive Fire Protection Products (Presentation)
  • Testing Methods and Requirements for Fire Performance of Curtain Wall Systems (Presentation)
  • Building Diagnostics Tests as Assessment Tools (Presentation)
  • Accreditation for Construction Materials Testing and Certification (Presentation)
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1. Seminar on “Accreditation for Medical Laboratories – The Road Towards Quality and Competence” (12 October 2016)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on “Accreditation for Medical Laboratories – The Road Towards Quality and Competence” on 12 October 2016 (Wednesday). (Flyer)

Medical laboratories provide essential support to the medical sector. Accurate and reliable laboratory services are crucial for proper clinical diagnosis and treatment. Accreditation provides formal third-party recognition to competent medical laboratories. The accredited medical laboratories are rigorously assessed against international standards in carrying out laboratory testing, thus assuring the standard of operation and quality of report.

Today, accreditation is highly regarded internationally as an indicator of quality assurance and technical competence. There is a growing trend in the world to require accreditation for medical laboratories. In some places, accreditation becomes conditional for payments and reimbursement of expenses for health care insurance. The conduct of clinical trial studies in most countries also only accepts data from accredited laboratories. To be in line with the standards of other advanced countries, it is important for medical laboratories in Hong Kong to obtain formal recognition of their testing competence and standard through laboratory accreditation. The seminar was organised to introduce the medical testing accreditation, share the experience of obtaining accreditation and the benefits of it, and encourage medical laboratories to further enhance their professionalism through laboratory accreditation.

Topics of the seminar include:

  • The Progress of the HKAS Medical Accreditation Programme (Presentation)
  • Benefits of Accreditation to the Community
  • Value of Laboratory Accreditation on Top of Hospital Accreditation (Presentation)
  • Culture in Laboratory : A Change After Accreditation (Presentation)
  • How Accreditation Helps in Business, from a Commercial Laboratory's View
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1. Research and Development of Chinese Medicines 2016 (20 September 2016)

The Council co-organised the Seminar on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines 2016 on 20 September 2016 with the Committee on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines. (Programme)

This is the fifth Chinese medicines seminar organised by the Committee in conjunction with the Council, the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority. The Seminar aimed to promote the research and development (R&D) of Chinese medicines in Hong Kong; to facilitate communication and foster potential opportunities for collaboration among stakeholders in the Chinese Medicine sector.

This year's seminar included plenary lectures and parallel sessions covering various important topics, such as development of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong and the Mainland, recent R&D trends of Chinese medicines, and treatment of metabolic diseases from the Western and Chinese medicine perspectives.

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1. Seminar on "Certification and Testing, Professionalization and Internationalization of Business Practice in the Fei Cui Jewellery Industry" (17 September 2016)

Organized by the Council, the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong and UBM Asia, the Seminar on "Certification and Testing, Professionalization and Internationalization of Business Practice in the Fei Cui Jewellery Industry" was held on 17 September 2016 (Saturday).

In the seminar, seasoned experts from the Mainland, Hong Kong and overseas updated the practitioners of the testing and certification industry and relevant stakeholders on (i) Development of Higher Education, Training and Professionalization of the Fei Cui Jewellery Industry in the Mainland, (ii) Hong Kong Standard Testing Methods for Fei Cui, Certification and ISO Quality Management System of Gem Laboratory, and (iii) Prospects of the Internationalization of Fei Cui Jewellery Test Certificate. The seminar also included a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Topics of the seminar include:

  • Development of Higher Education, Training and Professionalization of the Fei Cui Jewellery Industry in the Mainland (Presentation (Chinese only))
  • Hong Kong Standard Testing Methods for Fei Cui, Certification and ISO Quality Management System of Gem Laboratory (Presentation)
  • Prospects of the Internationalization of Fei Cui Jewellery Test Certificate (Presentation)
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1. Integrity Management in Testing and Certification Industry (27 June 2016)

The Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service and the Independent Commission Against Corruption co-organised a Seminar on Integrity Management in Testing and Certification Industry on 27 June 2016 (Monday) (Programme)

One of the key strengths of the testing and certification industry in Hong Kong is its high level of credibility, which gives confidence to users and consumers. A single incident of malpractice, conflict of interest or corruption could ruin a hard-earned business, or even reputation and competitiveness of the whole industry.

The seminar brought together experts from ICAC, the testing and certification industry as well as professional bodies to share experiences and information about integrity management in the testing and certification industry from different perspectives and how good practices could add values to enhance the credibility of a service provider. Participants took this opportunity to exchange views on integrity management with speakers.

Topics of the seminar include

  • Professional Integrity and Corruption Prevention (Presentation)
  • Integrity Management of Conformity Assessment Bodies (Presentation)
  • Effort in Maintaining and Enhancing Integrity in Construction Material Laboratory
  • Development of Professional Integrity in the Testing and Certification Industry (Presentation)
  • Professionalism of Auditor – Core Element of Testing and Certification Industry
  • HKAS Requirements for Professional Integrity of Accredited Organisations (Presentation)
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1. The World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD) 2016 (8 June 2016)

The Council, Hong Kong Accreditation Service, the Standards and Calibration Laboratory and the Product Standards Information Bureau under the Innovation and Technology Commission as well as the Government Laboratory co-organised a Seminar on the World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD) 2016 on 8 June 2016 (Wednesday). (Programme)

Quality infrastructure is essential for the effective and efficient functioning of our society. A sound quality infrastructure enhances confidence in goods and services, fosters innovation and competitiveness, and connects people around the world. The strengthening of the quality infrastructure is always an important objective for the success of a community.

This seminar, organised in celebration of the World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD), aims at providing participants with a deeper understanding on how metrology, accreditation and standards play a pivotal role in supporting the quality infrastructure.

Topics of the seminar include

  • Metrology in a Dynamic World
  • Accredited Once, Accepted Everywhere: A Status Report
  • Why IEC International Standards Can Be Counted On
  • A Young Metrology Institute in a Dynamic City
  • Our Experience in Applying Accreditation as a Tool to Achieve Environmental Objectives
  • Laboratory Capacity Building Through the Use of Metrologically Traceable Reference Values in Proficiency Testing Programmes
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1. Chinese Medicines Testing and Certification (1 March 2016)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on Chinese Medicines Testing and Certification on 1 March 2016 (Tuesday). (Programme)

Given Hong Kong's proximity to Mainland and its long history as a major trading hub in the region, Hong Kong has played an important role in Chinese medicines trading. According to the latest figures in 2011, the value of imports and re-exports of Chinese herbal medicines amounted to $2.35 billion and $0.95 billion.

Traditional Chinese medicine has been increasing its popularity amongst local population. Many citizens would consult Chinese medicine practitioners and use Chinese medicines.

To ensure that the Chinese medicines sold in Hong Kong are genuine, safe and with good quality, testing and certification is an important means. The seminar aimed to update participants the latest development of Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards and testing and certification services for Chinese medicines, and to share benefit to the trade through testing and certification.

Topics of the seminar include

  • The Latest Development of Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards
  • Enhancing the safety of Chinese medicines - Analysis of pesticide residues
  • Certification Scheme for Chinese Medicines
  • Testing services for Chinese Medicines
  • Benefits of Chinese Medicines testing and certification
  • Accreditation Services for Chinese Medicines Testing and Certification
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1. Quality Management and Quality Assurance (1 December 2015)

The Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service and the Hong Kong Productivity Council co-organised a Seminar on Quality Management and Quality Assurance on 1 December 2015 (Tuesday). (Programme)

Nowadays, quality management and quality assurance has been widely applied in public and private organisatons to enhance the quality of service, productivity and efficency. Standardised quality management techniques are becoming one of the core elements in every business and organisation.

First published in 1987, ISO 9001 Quality Management System standard is one of the most widely used ISO standards around the world and in Hong Kong. It sets out the standard requirement for quality management system that facilitates businesses and organisations in various scale in improving their productivity and efficiency, resulting in cost reduction. ISO 9001 quality management system certification also helps business and organisations in enhancing customer satisfaction and establishing their branding.

The seminar aimed to introduce to participants the latest development of international standard of quality management, and experience sharing on quality management. Participants took this opportunity to know more about how quality management can enhance the quality of service, productivity and efficiency.

Topics of the seminar include

  • Quality management helps enterprises to enhance productivity and efficiency (Presentation)
  • ISO 9001 - the past and present (Presentation)
  • Audit and Certification (Presentation)
  • The impact of contextual factors on the efficacy of ISO 9000 adoption
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1. Conference on ISO 9001:2015 (25 November 2015)

Innovation and Technology Commission and the Council co-organised a Conference on ISO 9001:2015 on 25 November 2015 (Wednesday). (Programme). The conference is part of the programme of the ISO/TC 176 Meeting in Hong Kong and it is sponsored by the Hong Kong Q-Mark Council.

First published in 1987, ISO 9001 is one of the most widely used ISO Standards around the world and in Hong Kong. It sets out the standard requirement for quality management system that facilitates businesses and organisations in various scale in improving their productivity and efficiency, resulting in cost reduction. ISO 9001 certification also helps business and organisations in enhancing customer satisfaction and establishing their branding

To ensure that the standard remains relevant to today's business environment, Technical Committee 176 (TC 176) of the International Oragnization for Standardization (ISO) regularly review and update the international standard. The latest version ISO 9001:2015 has just been released in September.

Dr Nigel H. Croft, Chair of SC2, the subcommittee responsible for the ISO 9001 and ISO 9004 standards, was invited to make a presentation on ISO 9001:2015. (Presentation).

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1. Product Certification on Construction Materials (13 November 2015)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on Product Certification on Construction Materials on 13 November 2015 (Friday). (Programme)

Testing and certification services for construction materials are important as they contribute to quality construction projects. Product certification involves a third party issuing assurance that a product conforms to specific requirements.

The benefits of product certification are many. Product quality can be promoted through upstream control, and consistency of quality can be ensured through continuous surveillance of the production process in the factory, and there will be better traceability of products.

Through these quality control actions provided by a third party, the risk of failure in on-site compliance testing is reduced, thereby reduces the risk of delay and the waste of time and money in case reordering is required. End-product users will have greater confidence on product quality in view of its compliance with recognised standards or specific requirements.

The seminar aimed to introduce to the construction sector about product certification. Participants took this opportunity to know more about product certification of construction materials/products and how it helps to ensure quality from the very beginning when the products are still being manufactured.

Topics of the seminar include

  • Using Product Certification in Construction Works and the Difficulties Encountered (Presentation)
  • Product Certification Scheme on Steel Rebar (Presentation)
  • Quality Product Certification Scheme on Mechanical Couplers (Presentation)
  • Product Certification Scheme on Paint Products (Presentation)
  • Product Conformity Certification Scheme for Passive Fire Protection Products (Fire Door and Fire Partition) and for Aluminum Window Frames (Presentation)
  • Benefits of Using Services of Accredited Certification Bodies for Construction Product Certification (Presentation)
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1. Research and Development of Chinese Medicines 2015 (10-11 September 2015)

The Council co-organised the Seminar on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines 2015 on 10-11 September 2015 with the Committee on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines. (Programme)

This is the fourth Chinese medicines seminar organised by the Committee in conjunction with the Council, the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority. The Seminar aimed to promote the research and development (R&D) of Chinese medicines in Hong Kong and to facilitate communication and foster potential opportunities for collaboration among stakeholders in the Chinese medicine sector.

The Seminar covered a wide range of topics, including the current status of regulations and registration of Chinese medicines products in the Hong Kong, Mainland and overseas markets, Chinese medicines quality, safety and new technologies, as well as management of digestive diseases with Chinese and integrative medicine.

Some of the topics are:

  • Current Situation and Outlook of Managing Chinese Medicines Product Registration in the Mainland
  • Enhancing the Safety and Quality of Chinese Medicines by Measurement Science
  • Measures to Ensure the Quality and Safety of Chinese Medicines in Hospital Authority
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1. Professional Integrity in Testing and Certification (13 July 2015)

The Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service, the Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification and the Independent Commission Against Corruption co-organised a Seminar on Professional Integrity in Testing and Certification on 13 July 2015 (Friday). (Programme)

It has been said that, in its bare bone, testing and certification service is but trustworthiness. While the saying oversimplifies matters, it carries a certain degree of truth: professional integrity is the cornerstone of the testing and certification industry. Commitment to professional integrity protects the industry from corruption, conflicts of interests and the like, as well as advances the industry's competitive advantage internationally. It is important for the industry's development to continue to maintain its high level of professional integrity.

The seminar brought together experts from ICAC, the testing and certification industry, professional bodies as well as government departments to talk in details from different perspectives about the management and practice of professional integrity in the testing and certification industry. The seminar shared experience and information on training/recognition. Participants took this opportunity to exchange views on integrity management with the speakers.

Topics of the seminar include

  • Professional Integrity for Testing and Certification Industry - A Perspective from the ICAC (Presentation)
  • Managing Materials Testing in Public Housing Construction Projects for Integrity (Presentation)
  • HKAS Requirements for Professional Integrity of Accredited Organisations (Presentation)
  • Ethical Management Training (Presentation)
  • How Personnel Certification Can Help to Improve the Confidence in the T&C Industry
  • Integrity Management of a Conformity Assessment Body (Presentation)
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2. Sharing on R&D Projects of Medical Testing (6 July 2015)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service organised a Seminar Sharing on R&D Projects of Medical Testing on 6 July 2015 (Monday). (Programme)

According to latest government statistics, the demand for medical testing in private independent testing laboratories in Hong Kong amounted to a total business receipt of more than $1.58 billion in 2013. With growing awareness of the benefits of regular health check-ups and an aging population, the demand for medical testing has been on a steady rise in the past several years, and the trend is expected to maintain. For the testing and certification industry, the demand can be a challenge and an opportunity. One of the ways to meet the demand is through research and development (R&D) to develop new medical testing methods and techniques or improve existing ones. R&D advancements in medical testing will not only provide strong support to the testing and certification industry, but also benefit the general public.

The seminar aimed to showcase several R&D projects on medical testing funded by the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF). ITF is a government initiative to encourage and assist organisations to upgrade their technological level. Through the sharing at the seminar, participants learnt about some of the latest technological advancement on medical testing and the benefits of R&Ds. We hoped that the testing and certification industry would be encouraged to make wider use of the ITF to invest in more R&D to advance their technical standard to a new level.

Participants of the seminar had the opportunity to learn more about the R&D projects showcased at the seminar, to interact directly with the speakers and to explore the benefits and potentials of R&Ds.

Topics and presentation materials of the seminar include

  • Liquid Biopsy: from a Test for Liver Cancer to a Generic Tumor Marker for All Cancers
  • The Critical Role of Hair Sampling: An Extension of The Drug Detection and Service Platform for Hair Testing (Presentation (Chinese Only))
  • Molecular Diagnostics Kits and Microfluidics System for Detection of Infectious Pathogens and Cancer Cell Mutations (Presentation)

 

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3. Mainland Opportunities for Hong Kong's Testing and Certification Industry (26 June 2015)

The Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service and the Trade and Industry Department co-organised a Seminar on Mainland Opportunities for Hong Kong's Testing and Certification Industry on 26 June 2015 (Friday). (Programme)

The huge market of Mainland provides plenty opportunities to Hong Kong's testing and certification industry.

To enhance the local testing and certification industry's knowledge on the Mainland market, representatives from the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China updated the participants on the implementation details of relevant liberalisation measures, and discussed the future direction of testing and certification industry in Mainland. Representatives from a Mainland certification body and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service also delivered relevant presentations at the seminar, so as to familiarise the audience with the topic.

Topics of the seminar include

  • Future Direction of Testing and Certification Industry in Mainland
  • Discussion on the Articles Relating to Certification and Accreditation in the Agreement between the Mainland and Hong Kong on Achieving Basic Liberalization of Trade in Services in Guangdong
  • Discussion on the Article on the Movement of Natural Persons under Supplement X to the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)
  • Cooperation between Designated Mainland Certification Body and Hong Kong Testing Organisation under the Agreement between the Mainland and Hong Kong on Achieving Basic Liberalization of Trade in Services in Guangdong and Voluntary Certification
  • Obtaining Accreditation under CEPA Measures
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4. Workshop on ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management System Certification (19 June 2015)

The Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service and the Working Group on Cloud Security and Privacy under Office of Government Chief Information Officer co-organised a Workshop on ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management System Certification on 19 June 2015 (Friday). (Programme)

Information Security Management System (ISMS) is a management system or a part of the overall management system using a systematic approach for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving information security. It is applicable to organisations of all sizes and in all business sectors.

Given the increasing concern over information security in society, more organisations are aware of the advantages of being certified to ISO/IEC 27001, which is one of the most well-recognised ISMS standards globally. Certification of ISMS to ISO/IEC 27001 allows an organisation to demonstrate that its information assets are adequately protected against information security risks. It gives greater confidence to its business partners, authorities and other interested parties.

The workshop gave an overview of ISO/IEC 27001 and discussed how to get prepared for the certification process. There was experience sharing by existing certified users, as well as an introduction on the services provided by the Hong Kong Accreditation Service.

Topics and presentation materials of the workshop include

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5. The World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD) 2015 (29 May 2015)

The Council, Hong Kong Accreditation Service, the Standards and Calibration Laboratory and the Product Standards Information Bureau under the Innovation and Technology Commission as well as the Government Laboratory co-organised a Seminar on the World Metrology Day (WMD), World Accreditation Day (WAD) and World Standards Day (WSD) 2015 on 29 May 2015 (Friday). (Flyer)

The Year 2015 is the International Year of Light. The metrology side of the seminar will discuss the accurate measurement of light through photometry, radiometry and photonics. As for accreditation, the focus is on enhancing assurance of service quality in the health and social care sector through accreditation. The last but not least facet of the seminar will speak to participants on how standards act as a common language among people, machines, parts, products, and more.

The seminar aimed to celebrate World Metrology Day, World Accreditation Day and World Standards Day by raising awareness of their importance in daily life, and how they collectively contribute to the global flow of goods and services, ideas and innovation.

Topics of the seminar include

  • Measurements and Light and Health Care. What Does It Mean for You?
  • Accreditation: Supporting the Delivery of Health and Social Care
  • Standards – the World's Common Language
  • HKAS Supports the Delivery of Credible Health and Social Care in Hong Kong
  • Metrology in Chemistry and Its Scientific Support to Local Testing Community
  • Light – Its Significant Roles in Science, Technology and Everyday Life
  • The Role of Hong Kong College of Pathologists in Medical Laboratory Accreditation
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6. Gold Testing and Gemstone Authentication in Hong Kong (17 March 2015)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on Gold Testing and Gemstone Authentication in Hong Kong on 17 March 2015 (Tuesday). (Programme)

Hong Kong is renowned for its jewellery trade and is one of the world top players in producing and exporting fashion jewellery, encompassing products from precious masterpiece to medium and low priced items. It is recognised worldwide for its production of pure gold products and jadeite jewellery, as well as the trading and distribution centre for pearls. The world's largest jewellery retailer in market capitalization is headquartered in Hong Kong and almost all luxury brands can be seen on the streets.

Given the high value of jewellery, the industry has relied on Hong Kong's testing services for quality assurance and gemstone identification. The professional and quality services provided by local and international laboratories in Hong Kong have contributed to Hong Kong's competitiveness in both the Mainland and overseas jewellery markets.

The seminar provided an opportunity to update participants the gold testing and gemstone authentication services in Hong Kong. Representatives from leading local and international laboratories were invited to share their expertise and insights of their respective fields in jewellery testing.

Topics of the seminar include

  • Identification of Gemstones and Diamond (Presentation)
  • Selection of Appropriate Testing Methods for Gold Jewellery
  • The Importance of Known Standards in Pearl Testing
  • The New Thinkings in Authentication of Fei Cui: The Integration of Advanced Instrumentation and Experience (Presentation (Chinese Only))
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7. Healthy Life and Food Testing and Certification (9 March 2015)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on Healthy Life and Food Testing and Certification on 9 March 2015 (Monday). (Programme)

Food safety and hygiene are critical to our health. Nowadays, consumers are paying more attention to food safety, diets, nutrition contents, and even product handling and management in the entire supply chain. People are generally conscious about healthy eating and the demand for quality food products is rising. Hong Kong's testing and certification industry, with its expertise in quality control, plays an important role in supporting the food trade in meeting various regulatory requirements as well as promoting consumers' confidence over the supply of foods.

In the seminar, representative from Government's Centre for Food Safety introduced the regulations for formula products and pre-packaged foods for infants and young children. Testing and certification professionals shared their experiences in safeguarding food safety and hygiene, including food nutrition label tests, certification of organic food and sauce products, pesticide residues tests and so on. The seminar was also an opportunity for government representatives, practitioners of the testing and certification industry and food trade to share the needs and experiences of food testing and certification.

Topics of the seminar include

  • Protect Child Health and Enhance Breastfeeding: Regulation for Formula Products and Prepackaged Foods for Infants and Young Children in Hong Kong (Presentiation)
  • Food Nutrition Label Tests Help Consumers to Make Choice
  • Pesticide Residues Tests and Food Safety (Presentiation)
  • Product Certification for Sauce
  • Hong Kong Cooking Oil Registration Scheme (Presentiation (Chinese Only))
  • Development of Organic Food Products Certification in Hong Kong
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8. Greenhouse Gas Validation and Verification (5 February 2015)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on Greenhouse Gas Validation and Verification on 5 February 2015 (Thursday). (Programme)

Climate change is doubtlessly an enormous challenge faced by mankind of our time. To tackle climate change, many places around the world are implementing various initiatives to limit Greenhouse Gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere. These initiatives rely on the quantification, monitoring, reporting, validation and verification of GHG emissions and/or removals.

GHG validation and verification can enhance the credibility and transparency of your GHG quantification, monitoring and reporting. Indeed, GHG validation and verification has been attracting the attention of the community.

The seminar was an opportunity for participants to have a better understanding of GHG validation and verification. Representatives from the Construction Industry Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service, as well as users of relevant services discussed the topic from different perspectives.

Topics of the seminar include

  • Moving Towards Low Carbon Building Design and Construction – From Rhetoric to Reality (Presentation)
  • Greenhouse Gas Management – A Contractor's Perspective (Presentation)
  • Case Study on Greenhouse Gas Emission based on ISO 14064-1 (Presentation)
  • Accreditation Services for Greenhouse Gas Validation and Verification (Presentation)
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9. Use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Testing and Certification of Construction Materials (9 December 2014)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service co-organised a Seminar on Use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Testing and Certification of Construction Materials on 9 December 2014 (Tuesday). (Programme)

Hong Kong's architectures and buildings are marvels to the world not only for their beauty but also safety and excellent quality. In support of the construction industry, Hong Kong's testing and certification industry provides accurate and reliable services thereby contributes to safe quality constructions.

Indeed, high accuracy and high reliability are at the heart of the testing and certification industry. The use of RFID in testing and certification of construction materials is one of the ways to enhance accuracy and reliability.

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a wireless technology that use radio wave to automatically identify specific objects, and to read and write data to the objects. RFID was gradually extended to commercial use like tagging livestock for trade since the 1970's. As RFID can read and write data, operation efficiency is increased whereas errors and management cost are reduced. These benefits help the proliferation of RFID to a wide range of activities including supply chain management.

The application of RFID to the testing and certification of construction materials is relatively a recent development. Some of its current uses include the monitoring of manufacturing, tracking of test samples, recording test results, and delivery process of construction materials.

The seminar presented experts in the field to share their experience on using and promoting RFID to assist practitioners of the testing and certification industry to understand more about the application of RFID to the testing and certification of construction materials, and how RFID can help in enhancing accuracy and integrity of data. The seminar provided an excellent opportunity for manufacturers, suppliers and users of construction materials and practitioners of the construction industry to know how RFID can help ensure the quality of the construction materials they purchase.

Topics include

  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology and Usage
  • Use of RFID in Testing of Construction Materials – Sample Identification, Traceability, Test Automation (Presentation)
  • Use of RFID in Building Components and Product Certification – Product Identification, Logistic Control, Traceability (Presentation)
  • Future Development Trend on the Use of RFID & Related Technology in Support of Testing and Certification Services
  • Accreditation Service of Construction Materials Testing and Certification (Presentation (Chinese only in part))
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10. Chinese Medicines Testing and Certification (4 November 2014)

The Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service and Hong Kong Productivity Council jointly organised a Seminar on Chinese Medicines Testing and Certification on 4 November 2014 (Tuesday). (Programme)

Hong Kong is a trading hub of Chinese medicines with import and re-export amounting to HK$2.35 billion and HK$950 million respectively in 2011. Chinese medicines are gradually accepted by both the local population and international community as an alternative to Western medicines. Both local and overseas demands for Chinese medicines have significantly increased. The safety and genuineness of Chinese medicines have aroused great concern from traders and consumers.

The Seminar was an opportunity for participants to have a better understanding of how the Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards ("HKCMMS") developed by the Department of Health can help to ensure that the Chinese medicines are safe and genuine. Representatives from the testing and certification industry shared the public services on Chinese medicines testing based on the HKCMMS. Representative from Hong Kong Productivity Council introduced the newly developed "Hong Kong Certification Scheme for Chinese Materia Medica" , while Chinese medicines trade shared their views on how the scheme helps promoting the traders and consumers' confidence on Chinese medicines.

Topics include

  • Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards
  • Chinese Medicines Testing Based on "Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards"
  • Hong Kong Certification Scheme for Chinese Materia Medica
  • How Certification Promotes the Development of Chinese Medicine
  • Benefit of Chinese Medicines Certification to Chinese Medicines Trading
  • Accreditation Services for Chinese Medicines Testing and Certification (Presentation)
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11. Research and Development of Chinese Medicines (4-5 September 2014)

The Council co-organised the Seminar on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines 2014 on 4-5 September 2014 with the Committee on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines. The seminar was also co-organised by the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority. (Programme)

The seminar covered various themes, including Chinese medicines standards and standardisation, Mainland and overseas trends on R&D of Chinese medicines, Chinese medicines clinical trials, as well as research and practice of integrative medicine.

Topics include:

  • Research and development on standardisation of processed products of Chinese medicines in Mainland China
  • Research on the standardization of Chinese medicines in Hong Kong
  • Latest development of the Chinese Pharmacopeia
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12. Testing and Certification of Garment, Footwear and Eyewear : from Hong Kong to Emerging Markets (9 July 2014)

The Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council jointly organised a Seminar on Testing and Certification of Garment, Footwear and Eyewear : from Hong Kong to Emerging Markets on 9 July 2014 (Wednesday). (Programme)

Hong Kong is a trading hub of Chinese medicines with import and re-export amounting to HK$2.35 billion and HK$950 million respectively in 2011. Chinese medicines are gradually accepted by both the local population and international community as an alternative to Western medicines. Both local and overseas demands for Chinese medicines have significantly increased. The safety and genuineness of Chinese medicines have aroused great concern from traders and consumers.

With the mature markets such as the European Union and the United States being well established, the garment industry has been venturing into emerging markets in recent years. To explore these new opportunities, manufacturers, traders and others need to know the testing requirements for the emerging markets as a priority. To assist them to know more about the emerging markets in Asia (including the Mainland), Middle East and South Africa, we organised a seminar focusing on testing and certification needs of these new markets. At the seminar, experts from the Hong Kong Accreditation service and the testing and certification industry introduced the recent market trends, the regulatory requirements on testing of garment/ textile/ apparel, footwear and eyewear, the benefits of using accredited services, and how Hong Kong could continue to support the fashion industry to explore new opportunities.

The seminar has been an excellent opportunity for manufacturers, traders, buyers, suppliers and managers in the fashion industry to understand more of Hong Kong's testing, inspection and certification services and how they can leverage our expertise in growing their businesses.

Topics and presentation materials include

  • Recent Trends and Regulatory Update for Exporting Apparel and Footwear Products to Emerging Markets (Presentation)
  • Safety Requirement of Fashion Products in Emerging Markets, including Exporting Garment to China Market and Eyewear Products in Middle East & South Africa (Presentation)
  • Making Use of Accredited Testing, Inspection and Certification Services to Tap into the Global Market (Presentation)
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13. Celebrating World Metrology Day, World Accreditation Day and World Standards Day 2014 (30 May 2014)

The Council, the Standards and Calibration Laboratory of the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC), the Government Laboratory, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service and ITC's Product Standards Information Bureau jointly organised a Seminar Celebrating the World Metrology Day, the World Accreditation Day and the World Standards Day 2014 on 30 May 2014 (Friday). (Programme)

A sound quality infrastructure is the cornerstone of a reliable conformity assessment system. The seminar provided participants with a deeper understanding on how the quality infrastructure, which comprises three major areas viz. metrology, accreditation and standardization, renders support to conformity assessment activities of the testing and certification industry. The seminar provided an international perspective from organisations renowned for their infrastructure support. Part of the seminar zoomed in on the topic of energy and energy measurement.

Topics include

  • Metrology — Its Role in Trade, Energy and Quality of Life
  • Role of Accreditation in the Provision of Energy — The Perspective of ILAC and IAF
  • How Standards Level the Playing Field
  • Past, Present and Future of Hong Kong Physical Metrology Infrastructure
  • Scientific Infrastructure for Assuring Measurement Quality
  • Energy Efficiency and Safety of Electrical Products in Hong Kong
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14. Food Certification (25 April 2014)

The Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service and the Food Safety and Technology Research Centre of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University jointly organised the Seminar on Food Certification on 25 April 2014 (Friday). (Programme)

Being a popular culinary destination in Asia, Hong Kong has successfully attracted millions of visitors every year to enjoy cuisine delights provided by local catering establishments. In addition to the delicious food, food safety and environmental hygiene of food premises are equally important in attracting visitors. The testing and certification industry plays a significant role in assuring these two elements.

In the past few years, the food trade has been encouraged to adopt ISO 22000 certification of food safety management system with a view to enhancing food safety and hygiene standards of their premises. Nonetheless, the result is not promising, in particular for those small and medium establishments as they find the certification requirements challenging. With funding support from the Innovation and Technology Fund, the Food Safety and Technology Research Centre of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University has developed a novel food hygiene standard certification system which aims to help catering establishments upgrade their food hygiene standard with manageable resource requirements. In the course of standard development, catering establishments were invited to participate in the pilot run and to give feedback afterwards to facilitate further enhancement to the system.

Seminar participants gained a better understanding of this newly developed system through sharing from a catering establishment and testing and certification organisation participating in the pilot run. This seminar was also a good opportunity for practitioners of the testing and certification industry and food industry to come together to share the needs and experiences of certification of food safety management system.

Topics and presentation materials include

  • Food Hygiene Standard Developed for Local Catering Establishments (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • How Food Hygiene Standard Certification System Helps Local Catering Establishments to Upgrade the Food Hygiene Standard
  • Introduction of Local Food Hygiene Standards and Other Management Tools to Help Upgrade Catering Establishments Standard (Presentation)
  • Food Safety Assurance through ISO 22000 Certification
  • Food Safety Management System Certification (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • Accreditation Services for Food Certification (Presentation (partly in Chinese))
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15. ISO 50001 Energy Management System (EnMS) and Certification (25 February 2014)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service jointly organised a Seminar on ISO 50001 Energy Management System (EnMS) and Certification on 25 February 2014 (Tuesday). (Programme)

Climate change is a defining challenge of our time, affecting each and every one of us. For a more sustainable future, there is a need for community-wide action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

In Hong Kong, electricity generation is a major source of GHG emissions, accounting for over 60% of the total local emissions. Close to 90% of our city's electricity is consumed in buildings. A concerted effort across different sectors to maximise energy efficiency in buildings will help to combat climate change.

In 2011, the International Organisation for Standardisation released ISO 50001 as a globally accepted framework for energy management. This international standard is applicable to organisations of all sizes and sectors for setting up a suitable energy management system (EnMS). With an ISO 50001-based EnMS, an organisation can measure and monitor its energy use, identify where to improve energy efficiency, and take actions accordingly. Not only will it lead to operational cost savings, it will also help to enhance market competitiveness.

Third-party certification to ISO 50001 is one step further – ensuring the organisation's compliance of its EnMS with international standard and demonstrating a commitment to environmental sustainability. Some local certification bodies have started offering ISO 50001 EnMS certification services nowadays in response to market needs.

Promoting joint effort in enhancing energy efficiency for a "low-carbon" Hong Kong, various local experts shared the concepts of ISO 50001 EnMS and relevant certification as well as some success stories at the seminar.

Topics and presentation materials include

  • Enhancing Energy Efficiency within an Organisation : Setup of ISO 50001 Energy Management System
  • Obtaining Certification for ISO 50001 Energy Management System : Why & How? (Presentation)
  • Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) – How its Services Help you? (Presentation)
  • ISO 50001 EnMS & Certification : Application in Public Housing and Construction Sites
  • Application of ISO 50001 EnMS and Certification in Buildings/ Property Management : Experience Sharing by Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation
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16. Supports to the Testing and Certification Industry (4 December 2013)

The Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service, the Product Standards Information Bureau of the Innovation and Technology Commission and the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks organized a Seminar on Supports to the Testing and Certification Industry on 4 December 2013 (Wednesday). (Programme)

Testing and certification is an industry with good development potentials and a sector where Hong Kong enjoys clear advantages. To support the industry for further development, the Government and relevant statutory and public bodies have been operating various schemes and implementing multiple measures to promote the industry and enhance its competitiveness.

The seminar highlighted and promoted these schemes and measures to practitioners and stakeholders of the testing and certification industry. Representatives from Government departments spoke on the various schemes that finance research and development projects or activities beneficial to the industry. The Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation talked about its Testing and Inspection Services Policy. The seminar also gave an overview to these important support services: information on product standards and accreditation. At the end of the seminar, a tour was arranged to visit the facilities that the Hong Kong Science Park has opened up for use by private testing laboratories. By using these facilities, private testing laboratories may save money on investment in facilities that they do not use too often. Participants of the seminar took the opportunity to understand more about the supports presently available from the Government and related organisations and to explore how best to leverage these supports to strengthen their testing and certification services.

Topics and presentation materials include :

  • Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification : Work Ahead (Presentation(Chinese version only))
  • Funding Schemes under the Innovation and Technology Commission (Presentation)
  • Trade and Industry Department's Support Measures for SMEs
  • Testing and Inspection Services Policy
  • Information and Services on Product Standards (Presentation)
  • Hong Kong Accreditation Service : Briefing on Its Latest Development and New Services (Presentation)
  • Tour of Testing Facilities Available for Shared-use at Science Park
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17. US Consumer Product Safety Commission's Requirements (28-29 November 2013)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service jointly organised a series of three seminars on US Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC's) Requirements on 28 to 29 November 2013 to introduce UC CPSC's requirements on Toys and Children's Products, Textile and Garments as well as Electrical and Electronic Products.

US CPSC, established in May 1973, is an independent federal agency responsible for consumer product safety functions of the US federal government. Its mission is to protect "the public against unreasonable risks of injury from consumer products through education, safety standards activities, regulation, and enforcement." US CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products, such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals, contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years in the US. In these seminars, CPSC's representatives will introduce its functions and authority, as well as relevant regulatory requirements and standards for three types of consumer products, namely, Toys and Children's Products, Textile and Garments as well as Electrical and Electronic Products. The seminars were relevant to stakeholders in the consumer product supply chain including product manufacturers, traders, practitioners in the testing and certification industry interested in learning about the requirements.

The seminar series consisted of three half-day seminars, each focusing on a different type of consumer products. Details of the seminars are as follows -

Topic 1 : Toys and Children's Products 28 Nov 2013 (Thur) 09:00 - 12:30
Topic 2 : Textile and Garments 28 Nov 2013 (Thur) 14:00 - 17:30
Topic 3 : Electrical and Electronic Products 29 Nov 2013 (Fri) 09:00 - 12:30
Speakers :
  • Mr Richard O'Brien, Director of International Programs and Intergovernmental Affairs, CPSC
  • Mr John Golden, Regional Product Safety Officer (East Asia-Pacific Region), US CPSC
  • Ms Lily Li, US CPSC
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18. Useful Tool for Building Inspection -- Diagnostic Tests on Concrete (Encore) (1 November 2013)

The Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service, the Buildings Department and the Vocational Training Council organized a second time a Seminar on Useful Tool for Building Inspection -- Diagnostic Tests on Concrete on 1 November 2013 (Friday). The seminar is an encore of the same seminar held on 17 April 2013. (Programme)

Aimed to resolve the problem of dilapidated buildings in Hong Kong, full implementation of the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS) has commenced since 30 June 2012.

Under the MBIS, the Buildings Department (BD) will serve statutory notices to owners of buildings aged 30 years or above (except domestic buildings not exceeding 3 storeys) once every 10 years. Owners concerned are required to appoint a Registered Inspector (RI) to carry out the prescribed inspection and to appoint a Registered Contractor (RC) to carry out, within the specified time frame, the prescribed repair works found necessary of the common parts, external walls and projections or signboards of the buildings under the supervision of an RI. If without any reasonable excuse, owners who do not comply with the instructions of the statutory notice may be prosecuted.

Topics and presentation materials include :

  • Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme and Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme : An Introduction (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • Building Diagnostic Tests as Assessment Tools (Presentation)
  • Why Does the Use of Accredited Services Give Extra Confidence in Quality Assurance? (Presentation)
  • Testing Equipment in Building Diagnosis : A Demonstration (Presentation)

The presentation materials of the same seminar held on 17 April 2013 can be accessed on this webpage (some materials are in Chinese only).

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19. Integrity and Professional Development in Testing and Certification Industry (8 October 2013)

The Council, the Association of Construction Materials Laboratories, the Hong Kong Associaton for Testing, Inspection and Certification, the Hong Kong Institution of Certified Auditors, the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the Qualifications Framework and the Vocational Training Council organized the Seminar on Integrity and Professional Development in Testing and Certification Industry on 8 October 2013 (Tuesday). (Programme)

The value of testing and certification services lies in its credibility. People will only use credible testing and certification results as references in their decisions making. Credibility takes decades of concerted hard work to establish but is very easy to destroy. To further develop our testing and certification industry, enhancing its credibility is of the utmost importance. The good news is that everybody in the industry can contribute.

This seminar brought together representatives of relevant public organizations, professional bodies and gurus in the industry to share their wealth of knowledge in the two major pillars of credibility - integrity and professionalism.

Topics and presentation materials include :

  • Poised to Serve Better and Meet Future Opportunities (Presentation)
  • Professional Integrity for Testing and Certification Industry - A Perspective from the ICAC (Presentation)
  • Integrity in the Recent Past of Construction Testing and Certification (Presentation)
  • Introduction to the Specification of Competency Standards for Testing amd Certification
  • Professional Certification Scheme for Testing Personnel : Why and Who needs it (Presentation)
  • Professional Development and Continuing Training for Practitioners of the Testing and Certification Industry (Presentation)
  • Auditor Training for the Testing and Certification Industry (Presentation)
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20. Proposed Rules Under the US FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (27 September 2013)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service jointly organized a Seminar on the Proposed Rules Under the US FDA Food Safety Modernization Act on 27 September 2013 to introduce the proposed rules. (Programme)

The United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) issued two proposed rules in July 2013 to strengthen the oversight of food imported into the U.S. The two proposed rules concern the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) and Accreditation of Third Party Auditors.

Under the proposed rule for FSVP, importers would need to verify that their suppliers are meeting the same U.S. safety standards required of domestic producers. Requirements for verification activities would be primarily based on the type of food, nature of the hazard identified and on who — such as the foreign supplier, the importer, or the importer's customer — is best able to control the hazard.

Under the proposed rule for Accreditation of Third Party Auditors, U.S. FDA would recognize accreditation bodies based on certain criteria such as competency and impartiality. The accreditation bodies, which could be foreign government agencies or private companies, would in turn accredit third party auditors to audit and issue certifications for foreign food facilities.

The seminar aimed to introduce the proposed rules to Hong Kong's stakeholders, including practitioners of the testing and certification industry intending to provide the relevant services, as well as food traders/ manufacturers importing food into the U.S. The seminar featured speakers from the U.S. FDA on topics including produce safety, preventive controls for food facilities, foreign supplier verification and accredited third party auditors. The seminar provided a unique opportunity for learning and talking about these proposed rules, as well as getting prepared for their eventual implementation.

The presentation materials may be accessed here.

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21. Research and Development of Chinese Medicines — Present and Future (5-6 September 2013)

The Council co-organised the Seminar on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines — Present and Future on 5-6 September 2013 with the Committee on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines. The seminar is also co-organised by the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority. (Programme)

The seminar aimed to facilitate sharing of experience in the research and development (R&D) of Chinese medicines among various stakeholders in the Chinese medicine sector. The topics include presentations on the latest in the development of Chinese medicines in Hong Kong and the Mainland, a product certification scheme for Chinese Materia Medica, integrative medicine, treatment and R&D on certain cancers in Western and Chinese medicines.

The presentation material on a product certification scheme for Chinese Materia Medica can be accessed for reading by clicking the link. Other presentation materials of the seminar are available on this webpage.

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22. Presentation on the Work of the Council (19 June 2013)

On 19 June 2013, the Chairman of the Council delivered a presentation at a seminar on the invitation of the Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification. The presentation summarises the Council's work progress in the past several years and the Council's way forward. It may be downloaded here for view (Chinese version only).

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23. "Accreditation : Facilitating World Trade" (14 June 2013)

The Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service organized a seminar on "Accreditation : Facilitating World Trade" on 14 June 2013 (Friday). (Flyer)

This seminar has been a key event in Hong Kong for the celebration of World Accreditation Day, a joint initiative established by the International Accreditation Forum and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation to raise public awareness of the importance of accreditation-related activities. The theme for 2013 was the role of accreditation in facilitating world trade.

Mr Nigel Jou, Chair of Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, and Mr Graham Talbot, Former Chairman of European Cooperation for Accreditation, spoke at the seminar. Local speakers also shared experience on how accreditation supports various industries.

The topics and presentation materials include :

  • Accredited by Hong Kong Accreditation Service, Accepted Worldwide
  • How Accreditation Framework Supports Trade (Presentation)
  • European Directives and Regulations -- Accreditation in Support of Market Access (Presentation)
  • Contribution of Accreditation Services to Equipment Safety and Energy Efficiency in Hong Kong (Presentation)
  • Innovation in Textile Testing and Evaluation (Presentation)
  • The Role of Mutual Recognition Arrangements in the Telecommunications Equipment Market (Presentation)
  • Enhance buyers' confidence through accredited testing and certification services (Presentation)
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24. World Metrology Day 2013: Measurements in Daily Life (20 May 2013)

The Council, the Standards and Calibration Laboratory of the Innovation and Technology Commission, as well as the Government Laboratory organized a World Metrology Day 2013 Seminar: Measurements in Daily Life on 20 May 2013 (Monday) to celebrate the World Metrology Day (20 May). (Details)

In September 1999, NASA lost its $125-million Mars Climate Orbiter because spacecraft engineers had failed to align the two different measurement systems used in the Orbiter's vital data, the English and the metric. The Orbiter had in fact been running in space by incomparable data for 9 months without anyone noticing, until eventually it deviated from its charted course and disintegrated over the Martian sky. We have learnt a costly lesson on the hidden power of measurement.

On a more earthly note, measurement also powers many of our daily activities without causing so much as a stir in us: the clock that tells if a student is late for his class, or the thermometer that indicates well-being or otherwise, or the breathalyzer that exposes a driver's sobriety or drunkenness. We seldom pay attention to how these devices measure the data they give and we trust in their accuracy most of the time. But imagine the chaos and crises if all clocks should tell a different time, or if the thermometer mercury should shot high or low on its own whim, or if all breathalyzers could only pick up wine and not beer....

We have not plunged into chaos because there is an obvious order in measurement exerting its power in our daily life. A large community of people specialising in metrology, the science of measurement, is working hard all over the world to ensure that the order keeps working.

This seminar unveils metrology and how measurement works behind the scenes in human activities. Pause and think for a moment, say, yesterday: you probably had breakfast with coffee (food had been tested), filled your car with petrol (liquid volume was measured) or watched a TV midnight show (colour, brightness and electrical signals were measured).

We typically do not pass a day without depending on all sorts of measurements being silently taken. Speakers of this seminar helped us understand the metrological principles and applications behind. To metrology professionals, chemists, engineers, users or potential users of calibration services, teachers, students, practitioners of testing and certification industry, as well as parties interested in the subject, this seminar provided a rare opportunity to learn about metrology in daily life.

The topics and presentation materials include :

  • Role of Measurement Uncertainty in Conformity Assessment (Presentation)
  • Metrology in Chemistry and Daily Life
  • The Role of Metrology in Research and Development (Presentation)
  • Optical Metrology for Daily Life (Presentation)
  • Metrology in Chemistry and Its Applications
  • Metrology Omni-range (Presentation)
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25. Useful Tool for Building Inspection -- Diagnostic Tests on Concrete (17 April 2013)

The Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service, the Buildings Department and the Vocational Training Council organized a Seminar on Useful Tool for Building Inspection -- Diagnostic Tests on Concrete on 17 April 2013 (Wednesday). (Details)

The seminar was re-run on 1 November 2013 on demand. For the overview of the seminar, please click here.

The topics and presentation materials include :

  • Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme and Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme : An Introduction (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • Building Diagnostic Tests as Assessment Tools (Presentation)
  • Why Does the Use of Accredited Services Give Extra Confidence in Quality Assurance? (Presentation)
  • Testing Equipment in Building Diagnosis : A Demonstration (Presentation)
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26. Quality Carbon Audit Practices (15 March 2013)

Co-organized by the Council, the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS), the Seminar on Quality Carbon Audit Practices for Carbon Audit Service Providers and other Stakeholders was held on 15 March 2013. (Programme)

Carbon audit is an effective tool in exposing an organization's carbon footprint and drawing up carbon reduction measures. HKAS, with EPD's support, has recently launched a new accreditation service for organizations that provide services on greenhouse gas (GHG) validation/verification in accordance with ISO 14064 standards. The new accreditation service will further enhance GHG validation and verification services and hence support practitioners in their professional development.

The topics and presentation materials include :

  • Driving towards Quality Carbon Auditing Practice (Presentation)
  • Application and Development of ISO Standards for Greenhouse Gases Accounting (Presentation)
  • Hong Kong Accreditation Service -- New Accreditation Service of Greenhouse Gas Validation and Verification (Presentation)
  • Participation in Accreditation Scheme as a Good Platform to Align Greenhouse Gas Quantification and Reporting Methods (Presentation)
  • Challenges of Quality Carbon Auditing for Carbon Audit Practitioners (Presentation)
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27. "Fei Cui — Tested in Hong Kong, Certified in Hong Kong" : Seminar on Latest Development in Standard Testing Method and Certification of Fei Cui (8 March 2013)

Organized by the Council, the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the "Fei Cui — Tested in Hong Kong, Certified in Hong Kong" : Seminar on Latest Development in Standard Testing Method and Certification of Fei Cui was held on 8 March 2013 (Friday). (Details)

Under the Trade Descriptions (Provision of Information on Natural Fei Cui) Order, retailers are required to issue to the buyers invoices or receipts showing, among others, the description of any article of natural Fei Cui sold in accordance with the Order. Accredited laboratories in Hong Kong adopt the "Standard Methods for Testing Fei Cui (Jadeite Jade) for Hong Kong" published by the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong (GAHK). To complete the description of an article of natural Fei Cui defined under the Order, standard methods are being developed by GAHK for testing Fei Cui (Omphacite Jade) and Fei Cui (Kosmochlor Jade).

In the seminar, seasoned experts from the Mainland, Hong Kong and overseas updated the practitioners of the testing and certification industry, jewellery traders and relevant stakeholders on the latest development of standard testing methods of Fei Cui in the Mainland and Hong Kong, shared insights on the nomenclature of Fei Cui. The implication of testing methods to jewellery trade in the Mainland was also discussed to help the industry explore more business opportunities.

The topics include :

  • Trend and Current Development of Standard Testing Methods of Fei Cui in the Mainland
  • Contribution of Scientific and Standardized Fei Cui Nomenclature to the Trade and Gemmology
  • Latest Research on the Application of Infrared Fingerprint for Identifying the Members of Fei Cui: Omphacite Jade and Kosmochlor Jade
  • What is the Influence of Fei Cui Standard Testing Methods to Jewellery Trade in the Mainland?
  • A Western Look on Fei Cui and Jadeite Nomenclature
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28. CEPA for Testing and Certification Industry (28 February 2013)

Organized by the Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service, the Trade and Industry Department and the Hong Kong Productivity Council, the half-day seminar was held on 28 Februrary 2013 (Thursday). (Details)

Since Supplement VII to CEPA, the Mainland has been gradually opening up its market to Hong Kong testing laboratories. Supplement IX to CEPA was signed in June 2012. It expands, on a pilot basis in Guangdong Province, the scope of certification services that can be undertaken by Hong Kong testing laboratories to cover food. This new liberalisation measure reflects wider acceptance of Hong Kong's testing results in the Mainland.

Bringing in relevant Mainland authorities, this seminar updated the industry on the CEPA measure's implementation details as well as the food-related certification industry profile in Guangdong Province. Representatives of the Hong Kong Accreditation Service as well as Mainland's certification organizations spoke on various types of food testing and certification services, with a view to helping the industry explore business opportunities.

The topics and presentation materials include :

  • Implementation Details of CEPA IX Measure on Testing and Certification (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • Current Development of Food-related Certification Industry in Guangdong Province
  • Testing Activities of Mainland Food-related Certification by Mainland Certification Organizations
  • Food Testing Services Accredited by Hong Kong Accreditation Service in Hong Kong (Presentation (Chinese version only))
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29. Software Testing Service (14 January 2013)

The Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer and the Hong Kong Productivity Council held the Seminar on Software Testing Service on 14 January 2013. (Details)

As information technology becomes more critical to business operations, engagement of third-party software testing has been increasingly common across the globe. Software developers outsource testing work to specialized service providers. End users in various industries, such as finance and healthcare, also opt for professional third-party testing for enhanced assurance over the reliability and security of their systems and applications.

Various standards of software testing are being developed by national and international organizations. These standards provide consistent sets of definitions, procedures and techniques for different types of software testing, facilitating development and maintenance of software products.

Given the wide use of information technology in Hong Kong, there exists good potential for developing software testing services. In the wake of business digitalization, demand for software testing for services such as e-commerce and e-finance may increase to provide users with more confidence in the reliability and security of software.

This seminar brought in seasoned experts from the Mainland and overseas to share their insights into the international trend of software testing services.

The topics and presentation materials include :

  • Testing of IT Products based on GuoBiao (GB) Standards
  • Software Quality Assurance and Security Protection Technology Standards (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • Accreditation Program of Software Testing in Korea and Other Countries (Presentation, Appendix I, Appendix II)
  • Software Testing Industry Trends and Standards in Australia(Presentation)
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30. Talk on the Testing and Certification Industry (11 January 2013)

The Hong Kong Accreditation Service introduced the testing and certification industry to the students of Cognitio College (Hong Kong) on 11 January 2013. The presentation slides of the talk can be accessed here (Chinese version only).

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31. Food Testing and Certification (4 December 2012)

The Seminar on Food Testing and Certification was organised by the Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service and the Hong Kong Productivity Council on 4 December 2012 (Tuesday). (Programme)

Reports of sickness caused by contaminated, rotten or ill-prepared food are sometimes in the news.  If you are a food manufacturer or distributor or restaurant manager, you may ask : How can I leverage testing and certification services to ensure that my food products are fit for consumption?  What are the regulations on food safety that I need to know for compliance? 

If you are a professional in the testing and certification industry, you hold one of the keys to the assurance of food safety.   With this important task on your shoulders and the innumerable food products on the market, how can you keep updated on the developments in the industry?   You may want to tap into the sharing by other professionals on food testing and certification.

A wide range of topics surrounding food safety were discussed: from legislation to the benefits of food testing and certification, from testing foodstuff to certification of food safety management system and so on.   Representative of government department and experts in the field spoke on regulations, the prevention of food contamination, management system certification and food testing services.  This seminar was also an opportunity for practitioners of the testing and certification industry and food industry to come together to share needs and experiences.

The topics and presentation materials include :

  • Legislation and Regulations on Food Safety in Hong Kong (Presentation)
  • How Testing and Certification Help Local Food Suppliers and Manufacturers to Ensure Safety and Quality of Food
  • Food Safety Certification (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • Food Safety Testing
  • An Overview on Molecular Food Testing : Its Principle and Application (Presentation Part I, Part II)
  • Testing for Food Composition and Nutrition Labelling
  • Accreditation Services for Food Testing & Certification (Presentation (Chinese version only))
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32. Talk on Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) (28 November 2012)

On 28 November 2012, Hong Kong Accreditation Service delivered a talk on "Determination of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)" organized under Chemists Online, which is a project funded by the Quality Education Fund. The talk was delivered to about 230 secondary school students and broadcast in real-time via intranet to students in five secondary schools.

VOCs are vaporous in indoor temperature and are widely used in products readily available in the market, including paints, printing inks, wood finish and sprays. Since VOCs inhaled from the air may post health hazards or cause cancer in humans, the use of VOCs is regulated in Hong Kong and other parts of the world. The talk gives an overview on VOCs, the sampling and analytical methods for VOCs and the accreditation process for testing laboratories.

The talk was recorded and is now available. Please click on the links to download the video recording or the presentation powerpoint (pdf).

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33. Testing for Toy Safety: EU's Latest Requirements (22 October 2012)

The Seminar on Testing for Toy Safety : EU's Latest Requirements, which was organised by the Council, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service, the European Commission and the Hong Kong Toys Council, was held on 22 October 2012. (Programme)

About a quarter of the business receipts on testing services in the testing and certification industry comes from testing of toys. With toys of new designs, materials or technologies being introduced into the market every day, testing requirements and standards will also be updated from time to time. The testing and certification industry as well as the toy industry will need to stay updated of the latest developments in new regulations and standards to ensure that toys meet the requirements.

The European Union (EU) has required that the new toy safety legislative requirements set out in its 2009 toy safety directive be implemented in full by mid 2013. The relevant standards on chemical testing are being drafted and will be finalized soon. EU's new toy safety requirements and standards have made a direct impact on Hong Kong's testing and certification industry and toy industry. Practitioners are eager to learn about these requirements and soon-to-be-released chemical testing standards as early as possible so as to get prepared for the impending changes. In view of this, the seminar covered the latest developments on EU's toy safety legislation and standards. EU representatives and local veteran shared their expertise and experience on toy safety legislation, standards, chemical testing and so on. The morning session of the seminar gave a comprehensive introduction and experience sharing on the toy safety legislative requirements. The afternoon session focused the discussion on chemicals related regulations and the draft testing standards.

For the testing and certification industry--in particular the toy testing laboratories--toy manufacturers, buyers and traders, the seminar provided a good and timely opportunity for learning in depth the latest toy safety legislative requirements in Europe, and for making preparations in response to the full implementation of these new legislative requirements.


The topics and presentation materials include :

  • Toy Safety Directive: classification issues and new guidelines, technical documentation, Frequently Asked Questions (Presentation)
  • The Chemical and Documentation Challenges of Toy Industry (Presentation)
  • Chemical requirements: relationship with EU legislation (e.g. REACH) and chemical safety assessment (Presentation)
  • Chemical requirements: draft standards EN 71-3 migration of elements (Presentation)
  • Chemical requirements: draft standards EN 71-4 and 5, 7, 12 and 13 (Presentation)
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34. Chinese Medicines (14 September 2012)

A one-day Seminar on Chinese Medicines was organised by Committee on Research and Development of Chinese Medicines in conjunction with the Department of Health, the Hospital Authority and the Council on 14 September 2012. (Programme)

Speakers of the seminar shared experience in the latest research and development of Chinese medicines. The morning session covered general subjects of common interests such as the regulatory mechanism on Chinese medicines, clinical trials, local and regional collaboration of research and development of Chinese medicines. The afternoon session focused on more in-depth sharing of various Chinese medicine research projects supported by the Hospital Authority.


The topics and presentation materials include :

  • Development of regulatory regime for Chinese medicines in Hong Kong – the latest update (Presentation)
  • Integrative medicine (Presentation)
  • Bringing modernised Chinese medicines from bench side to bed side, using Gouqizi as an example (Presentation)
  • Chinese medicine R&D in the Mainland (Presentation)
  • The challenge of developing Phase I Clinical Trial Center for Chinese medicines (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • Synthesizing multiple cutting-age technologies for quality research of Chinese medicines and innovative drug screening (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • The work of the Hospital Authority relating to Chinese medicine (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • The benefits of industry-academia collaboration in R&D of innovative TCM products
  • Testing and certification of Chinese medicines in Hong Kong (Presentation)
  • Systematic review of traditional herbal formulae for the treatment of common chronic diseases (Presentation)
  • Evidence based management of HBV and its liver complications using Chinese herbal medicine: Challenges ahead (Presentation)
  • Effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine in treating liver fibrosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
  • Prevention and treatment for insomnia using acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine (Presentation)
  • A systematic review on use of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for treatment of obesity
  • Dense cranial electroacupuncture stimulation for neuropsychiatric disorders: rationale and clinical application (Presentation)
  • Studies of herb-drug interaction involving Oseltamivir and Chinese medicine formulae
  • Use of Chinese Qi-Gong in prevention and rehabilitation (Presentation)
  • Evaluating effectiveness of Chinese medicine treatment from patients' perspective (Presentation)
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35. Authentication of Chinese Medicines (10 July 2012)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service organized a Seminar on Authentication of Chinese Medicines on 10 July 2012 to update participants on the current scene of authenticating Chinese medicines. The seminar is supported by the Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification, the Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Merchants Association, the Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Industry Association, the Hong Kong Chinese Prepared Medicine Traders Association, the Hong Kong Productivity Council, the Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association and the Vocational Training Council. (Programme)

Hong Kong is a major trading centre for Chinese medicines. How do we determine that the Chinese medicines are genuine? The Department of Health has published 4 phases of the Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards (HKCMMS) to cover 96 Chinese Materia Medica (CMM), which will be extended to cover 200 CMM in 2012. Hong Kong's testing laboratories can conduct authentication testing of CMM by microscopic identification and physicochemical methods. This authenticity testing of CMM could help to ensure the genuineness of the Chinese medicines.

The Seminar aimed to inform the testing and certification industry and the Chinese medicines trade more about authentication testing based on HKCMMS.   Speakers from universities and the Government Laboratory introduced the tesing techniques.  Representatives from the Chinese medicines trade and the Customs and Excise Department also shared their views on the demand for the testing and how it could assist in law enforcement.

The topics and presentation materials include

  • Development of Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards (HKCMMS)
  • Identification of Chinese Materia Medica by Chemical Testing (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • Use of Microscopic Identification in the Authentication of Chinese Medicines
  • Need for Authentication of Chinese Medicines
  • Need of Authentication Test of Chinese Medicine in the Enforcement of Trade Descriptions Ordinance (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • Accreditation Services for Testing and Identification of Chinese Medicines (Presentation)
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36. Emerging Trend of Accreditation and Certification (18 June 2012)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service jointly organized a seminar on the Emerging Trend of Accreditation and Certification on 18 June 2012. The seminar covered various aspects of the recent development of accreditation and certification in Hong Kong and other parts of the world.

The topics and presentation materials include

  • Benefits of the PAC Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) to Business (Presentation)
  • Hong Kong Accreditation Service Supports Emerging Demand for Certification (Presentation)
  • Accreditation and Market Access in Europe (Presentation)
  • Certification Industry in Hong Kong: Current Situation and Prospect (Presentation)
  • Developing a Product Certification Scheme for Chinese Materia Medica (Presentation)
  • Accreditation and Certification for Ayurvedic Medicines in India (Presentation)
  • ISO 27001 Information Security Management System Increases Your Competitiveness (Presentation)
  • Green Certification and Accreditation in 12th Five Year Plan of China (Presentation)
  • Importance of Green House Gases (GHG) Validation and Verification to Hong Kong Business (Presentation)
  • How Green Certification Can Enhance Business Competitiveness
  • Benefits of Implementing ISO 50001 – Experience Sharing (Presentation)
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37. World Accreditation Day 2012 (15 June 2012)

The Council and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service jointly organized a World Accreditation Day Seminar on 15 June 2012 on the theme Accreditation: Supporting Safe Food and Clean Drinking Water. (Flyer)

The seminar highlighted the functions and benefits of accreditation schemes in ensuring that the services rendered by testing laboratories, certification bodies and inspection bodies meet recognized standards and/or regulatory requirements for safe food and clean drinking water. Accreditation gives heightened confidence to consumers and others hence it plays an important role in the supply chain of food and drinking water.

The topics and presentation materials include

  • Role of Accreditation in Supporting Food Safety (Presentation)
  • Activities in Supporting Food Safety in PAC and Japan (Presentation)
  • How APLAC Support Trading of Safe Food Internationally (Presentation)
  • Role of Metrology in Laboratory Accreditation (Presentation)
  • Clean Drinking Water in Hong Kong
  • Testing and Certification for Food Safety Control (Presentation)
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38. World Metrology Day 2012 (24 May 2012)

The Council, the Standards and Calibration Laboratory of the Innovation and Technology Commission, the Vocational Training Council, the Government Laboratory and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service organized the World Metrology Day 2012 Seminar on 24 May 2012 to celebrate the World Metrology Day (20 May).  The seminar is supported by the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong, the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, the Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification, the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association, the Hong Kong Electronics & Technologies Association, the Hong Kong Productivity Council, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (Control Automation & Instrumentation Division), the Qualifications Framework and the Hong Kong Society for Quality. (Programme)

The World Metrology Day on May 20th each year marks the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875.  Celebratory activities break out in the world metrology community not only to commemorate this meaningful day but also to invite everyone to learn more about the significant role metrology plays nowadays.

Metrology is the science of measurement.  Activities involving measurements such as buying and selling of goods, determination of food contents and results of product testing must derive from accurate and precise measurement.  Metrology has application in every facet of daily life.   To Hong Kong's testing and certification industry, metrology is an important foundation that supports the industry's development.

Speakers at the seminar talked about metrology from various angles including its socioeconomic impacts and application in business.  

The topics and presentation materials include

  • Socioeconomic Impacts of Metrology (Presentation)
  • Metrology in Chemistry — The need for Hong Kong (Presentation)
  • Experience Sharing on Using Metrology in Business
  • Evaluation of Measurement Uncertainty — Present and Future Trend (Presentation)
  • What’s in a certificate of calibration? (Presentation)
  • Role of Accreditation in Metrology (Presentation)

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39. Supplement VIII to Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) for Testing and Certification Industry (14 February 2012)

The Seminar on Supplement VIII to CEPA for Testing and Certification Industry, jointly organized by HKCTC, the Trade and Industry Department and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) was held on 14 February 2012.  It was supported by the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, the Hong Kong Productivity Council, the Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification and the Vocational Training Council.  The Seminar highlighted the new measures arising from Supplement VIII to CEPA, which was signed on 13 December 2012.   (Programme)

Riding on a pilot scheme that allows the testing laboratories accredited by HKAS to co-operate with designated Mainland certification bodies in performing product testing for 4 types of products for the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) System, Supplement VIII to CEPA further expands the scope to cover all existing products processed in Hong Kong that require CCC. This opens up new opportunities for Hong Kong's testing organizations.

The Seminar updated the industry on the new CEPA VIII measures on CCC testing as well as the procedures and requirements for obtaining the accreditation to perform CCC testing. Speakers included representatives from Mainland's Certification and Accreditation Administration, HKAS and a designated Mainland certification body. Experiences were also shared by a Hong Kong testing laboratory accredited to provide CCC testing services. Four Mainland experts also discussed the major issues on testing of four types of products based on Guobiao (國標).

The topics and presentation materials include

  • Application Procedure for Accreditation of a Laboratory to Perform CCC Testing (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • Obtaining Qualification for Testing to China Compulsory Certification (CCC) System—Experience Sharing (Presentation)
  • Introducing the China Compulsory Certification System
  • New Initiatives under Supplement VIII to CEPA
  • Services of Mainland Certification Bodies and CEPA Initiative
  • Testing to Guobiao for Low-voltage Electrical Apparatus
  • Testing to Guobiao for Safety Glass
  • Testing to Guobiao for Wireless LAN Products and Information Security Products
  • Testing to Guobiao for Agricultural Machinery
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40. Food Identification and Authentication (17 January 2012)

The Symposium on Food Identification and Authentication was held successfully on 17 January 2012 on the important issue of food adulteration. The Symposium was supported by the Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification, the Hong Kong Food Council and the Vocational Training Council. (Flyer)

In this Symposium, various professionals from around the world and Hong Kong shared experiences and knowledge on identifying and handling fraudulent adulteration of foods. On the law enforcement front, the Customs and Excise Department of Hong Kong talked about the local legislation and enforcement situation of protecting consumers against false or misleading food product descriptions.

The topics and presentation materials include

  • Interesting tension between economics (fraud/adulteration) and safety (Presentation)
  • The European Union Wine stable isotope databank (Presentation)
  • Protection of consumers against false or misleading trade description of food (Presentation)
  • DNA marker sequence database for authentication of dried seafood and tonic foodstuff in Hong Kong (Presentation)
  • Local legislation and enforcement situation for protection of consumers against false or misleading trade description in respect of foods sold in Hong Kong (Presentation)
  • Food Safety Visibility and Traceability Management Application Across the Food Supply Chain (Presentation)
  • Application of nucleic acid detection methods on food identification and authentication : an industry experience (Presentation)
  • Progress in food products authentication and traceability with stable isotopes and spectroscopic fingerprinting techniques through European Research Projects (Presentation)
  • Does my food contain undisclosed products such as pork derivatives? Has my wine been adulterated? Proteomics, Metabolomics and IRMS methods to study food authenticity (Presentation)
  • Development of an ISO17025 accredited, quantitative species identification assay for mixed meat products – a work in progress (Presentation)
  • Challenges for the Reliable Quantification of Genetically Modified Organisms by PCR Methods (Presentation)
  • HKAS Accreditation Criteria on Molecular Testing of Food (Presentation)

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41. Seminar cum Networking Dinner Organized by the Innovation and Technology Commission, the Accreditation Advisory Board and the Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification (8 December 2011)

The Innovation and Technology Commission, the Accreditation Advisory Board and the Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification organized a seminar cum networking dinner on 8 Dec 2011 for members of the advisory bodies and their working units, as well as technical assessors and experts from the Hong Kong Accreditation Service to share views and exchange experiences in the testing and certification industry.  (Programme)

The seminar included a tour of the laboratories and shared-use facilities in the Hong Kong Science Park, including the Material Analysis Laboratory, the IC Probe and Test Laboratory, the IC Failure Analysis Laboratory, the Reliability Laboratory and the Wireless Communications Test Laboratory.    In the seminar, several guest speakers shared their views from different angles on the development of testing and certification services.   In the networking dinner,  Mr. Gregory So, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, delivered a warm address welcoming the guests in appreciation of their efforts in enhancing the testing and certification industry.

The topics include

  • The Role of Accreditation in Improving Testing and Certification Industry
  • Road to Success – Implementation of Construction Materials Product Certification
  • Accreditation of Medical Testing: Past, Present and Future
  • Accreditation: From the Perspective of Consumer Product Testing Laboratory
  • Tour to the Material Analysis Laboratory, IC Failure Analysis Laboratory, Reliability Laboratory, Wireless Communications Test Laboratory, IC Probe and Test Laboratory and Solid State Lighting Test Laboratory  of the Hong Kong Science Park that are available for share-use

 

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42. Supports to Construction Industry - How Product Certification Helps in Risk Management (23 November 2011)

The Seminar on Supports to Construction Industry - How Product Certification Helps in Risk Management was jointly organized by HKCTC and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) on 23 November 2011. It aimed to familiarize the construction industry about product certification for construction materials, its benefits and how it could help in risk management. (Flyer)

At the seminar, local, Mainland and overseas experts talked about the latest development, requirements and prospect of using production certification as a risk management tool. They also shared insights and experiences on product certification and its benefits. At the seminar, participants interacted with pioneers in the field, experienced practitioners and representatives from government departments.

The topics and presentation materials include

  • Product Certification is the Way Forward for Construction Industry (Presentation)
  • How Accreditation of Certification Bodies Provides Enhanced Confidence (Presentation)
  • A Successful Case: Quality Improvement Brought about by the QSPSC (Presentation)
  • The Role of Certification Body in the Product Certification Process (Presentation)
  • Value of Product Certification to Professionals (Presentation)
  • Product Certification of Building Products in Australia and New Zealand - The Implementation of CodeMark (Presentation)
  • General Introduction to UL's Follow-up Services (Presentation)
  • Product Certification in Singapore (Presentation)
  • Certification Promotes Clients Confidence in Reinforcing Steel (Presentation)
  • Certification of Construction Products and Management Requirements of Accredited Metrology Laboratory (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • Current state and future development of product certification in Hong Kong (Presentation)
  • Product Certification Enhances Building Safety – Factors to Consider When Writing a Product Certification Scheme (Presentation)
  • Road to Certification – Experience of a Supplier (Resources, Time and Manpower Required for Getting Certification) (Presentation)
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43. Ethical Management for Testing and Certification Industry (3 November 2011)

HKCTC, Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) and Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) jointly organized an Ethical Management Seminar for Testing and Certification Industry on 3 November 2011 to further enhance the professional standards and integrity of the industry. The event was supported by Vocational Training Council. At the seminar, ICAC launched the Corruption Prevention Guide for the Testing and Certification Industry which provided useful advice on internal control measures tailor-made for the industry. HKAS introduced to service providers the new HKAS Supplementary Criteria on code of conduct. The occasion also provided a platform for participants, practitioners and relevant government departments to share experiences on integrity management and how ethical business practices could add values to the competitiveness of a service provider. (Flyer)

The topics and presentation materials include

  • Experience Sharing by Trade Representatives (Presentation)
  • New HKAS Supplementary Criteria on Code of Conduct (Presentation)
  • Introduction of "Corruption Prevention Guide for Testing and Certification Industry" (Presentation)
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44. Supports to Testing and Certification Industry (16 September 2011)

The Council, together with Hong Kong Accreditation Service and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks, organized a seminar on Supports to Testing and Certification Industry for the practitioners of the testing and certification industry. The event was supported by Association of Construction Materials Testing Laboratories, Hong Kong Association of Medical Laboratories, Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification, Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association, Hong Kong Biotechnology Organization, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (Electronics Division), Hong Kong Printed Circuit Board Association, Hong Kong Productivity Council, Hong Kong Society for Quality, Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Vocational Training Council. The seminar introduced some of the supporting services available to the industry and included a tour of the testing facilities of the Science Park. It covered the accreditation requirements for laboratories using shared facilities, Government funding support, ethics issues, services of Science Park and its facilities available for shared use. (Flyer)

The topics and presentation materials include

  • Updates on the Work of HKCTC (Presentation)
  • Support to the Testing and Certification Industry from Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (Presentation)
  • Innovation and Technology Fund (Presentation)
  • Accreditation Requirements for Laboratories Using Shared Facilities in Science Park (Presentation)
  • Trade and Industry Department's Support Measures for SMEs (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • Ethics in Practice (Presentation)
  • Hong Kong Science Park Shared Laboratory Facilities for Supporting the Testing and Certification Industry (Presentation)
  • Tour to the Material Analysis Laboratory, IC Failure Analysis Laboratory, Reliability Laboratory, Biotechnology Support Laboratory and Wireless Communications Test Laboratory of the Hong Kong Science Park that are available for share-use
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45. Perspective in Global Food Safety and Quality Certification (24 June 2011)

The Council, together with Hong Kong Accreditation Service and Vocational Training Council organized a seminar on Perspective in Global Food Safety and Quality Certification for the practitioners of food manufacturers, food traders, catering services, testing and certification industry and stakeholders of trades using testing and certification services. The event was supported by Hong Kong Food Council, Hong Kong Food Hygiene Administrators Association, Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection as well as Certification Hong Kong Trade Development Council. The seminar brought together leaders of the food industry to share their views towards the food quality enhancement strategies and the food safety management system certification, including the newly developed Food Safety System Certification FSSC 22000: 2010. (Flyer)

The topics and presentation materials include


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46. Radiation Measurement (11 May 2011)

The Council organized a technical seminar on Radiation Measurement for technical practitioners of the testing and certification industry.  The purpose of this seminar was to share with the testing and certification industry technical issues related to radiation detection and measurement.  The incident of the Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima of Japan in 2011 and the subsequent detection of radioactivity in certain food samples imported to Hong Kong from neighboring areas of Fukushima have raised public concern.  There was also concern on the possibility of contamination with radioactive substances of consumer products imported from Japan.  Consequently, there was a demand for radiation detection and measurement service. (Flyer)

The topics and presentation materials include


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47. Toys Product Testing - Latest Development and Business Opportunities (28 April 2011)

The Council, together with Hong Kong Toys Council, Hong Kong Accreditation Service and Vocational Training Council organized a seminar on Toys Product Testing - Latest Development and Business Opportunities for the practitioners of the testing and certification industry and stakeholders of trades using testing and certification services on 28 April 2011. The event was supported by Federation of Hong Kong Industries, Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification, Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association, Hong Kong Productivity Council as well as Hong Kong Trade Development Council. It was also supported by professional bodies, namely, Chinese Institute of Electronics Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (Control, Automation & Instrumentation Division and Electronics Division), the Hong Kong Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Hong Kong Society for Quality, the Institution of Engineering and Technology Hong Kong (Electronics and Communications Section) and the Institute of Measurement and Control (Hong Kong Section). The seminar provided a good opportunity to understand the latest development and business opportunities of toys product testing. (Flyer)

The topics and presentation materials include

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48. Drug Testing Technology (25 March 2011)

The Council, together with Security Bureau, Department of Health, Government Laboratory and Hong Kong Accreditation Service organized a seminar on 25 March 2011 on Drug Testing Technology for the local laboratories and stakeholders of trade using drug testing technology. It was supported by the Hong Kong Council for Testing, Inspection and Certification and Hong Kong Society of Clinical Chemistry. The seminar provided a good opportunity to understand the latest anti-drug efforts of Government, the technical and accreditation aspects of drug testing, and the relevant legal requirements. (Flyer)

The topics and presentation materials include

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49. Business Opportunities for Testing and Certification in the Mainland of China (28 February 2011)

The Council together with Trade and Industry Department and Hong Kong Accreditation Service held a seminar on Business Opportunities for Testing and Certification in the Mainland of China for practitioners of the testing and certification industry and stakeholders of trades using the services on 28 February 2011. It was supported by Association of Construction Materials Testing Laboratories, Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification, Hong Kong Productivity Council and Hong Kong Trade Development Council. The seminar aimed to familiarise the industry with the related CEPA measures, procedures and requirements for Hong Kong's testing laboratories to obtain CCC recognition, profile of testing and certification industry in Shenzhen as well as requirements and procedures of setting up business for the industry in the Mainland. Speakers from related Mainland authorities briefed the industry on the subjects. Industry representatives also shared their experience in providing testing and certification services in the Mainland. (Flyer)

The topics and presentation materials include

  • Measures under Supplement VII to CEPA for Hong Kong's testing laboratories to undertake testing of selected products under China Compulsory Certification (CCC); and to join international multilateral systems of mutual recognition in which Certification and Accreditation of the People's Republic of China (CNCA) is a national member body (such as the International Electrotechnical Commission's System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE) System) (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • Procedures and requirements for Hong Kong's testing and certification organizations to obtain CCC recognition (Presentation (Chinese version only))
  • Testing and certification industry in Shenzhen and requirements for testing and certification organizations to provide services in the Mainland
  • Experience sharing by testing and certification organizations in providing testing and certification services in the Mainland (Presentation)
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50. The Meaning of Accreditation to Medical Testing (31 January 2011)

The Council and Hong Kong Accreditation Service held a seminar on the Meaning of Accreditation to Medical Testing for practitioners of medical laboratories as well as the medical and insurance sectors using the services of medical laboratories on 31 January 2011. The Seminar was supported by Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification, Hong Kong College of Pathologists and Hong Kong Trade Development Council. It introduced accreditation service for medical laboratories, usefulness of laboratory accreditation, as well as experience sharing on obtaining accreditation for two medical laboratories. (Flyer)

The topics and presentation materials include

  • Accreditation Service for the Medical Laboratories  (Presentation)
  • Laboratory Accreditation – How Useful Is It? (Presentation)
  • Experience Sharing from Two Accredited Medical Laboratories: Road to Accreditation (Presentation)
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51. Current Development on Electronic and Electrical Product Testing (24 November 2010)

The Council, together with Vocational Training Council organized a seminar on 24.11.2010 on Current Development on Electronic and Electrical Product Testing for the practitioners of the testing and certification industry and stakeholders of trades using testing and certification services.  The event was supported by Chinese Institute of Electronics Hong Kong, Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, the Hong Kong Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as well as the Institution of Engineering and Technology Hong Kong.  The seminar highlighted the current development on electronic and electrical product testing.  (Flyer)

The topics and presentation materials include

  • The Latest Update in the Standardization in the LED Industry (Presentation)
  • Safety and Energy Efficiency on Electronic and Electrical Projects (Presentation)
  • Practical Approach to Electromagnetic Compatibility (Presentation)
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52. Support to Testing and Certification Industry (25 October 2010)

The Council held on 25 October 2010 a seminar on Support to Testing and Certification Industry for practitioners in the industry.  The seminar was co-organised by Association of Construction Materials Testing Laboratories, Hong Kong Association of Medical Laboratories as well as Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification.  It introduced various support now being provided to the testing and certification industry, including facilities available for shared use and R&D work in Hong Kong Productivity Council, the service of Product Standards Information Bureau of the Hong Kong Accreditation Service and the Small Entrepreneur Research Assistance Programme.  It also included a session on ethical practice given by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.  (Flyer)

The topics and presentation materials include

  • Update of work of the Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification (Presentation)
  • Support by Hong Kong Productivity Council to Testing and Certification Industry (Presentation)
  • Ethics in Practice (Presentation)
  • Services of Product Standards Information Bureau (Presentation)
  • Small Entrepreneur Research Assistance Programme (Presentation)
  • Tour of facilities in Hong Kong Productivity Council, including the Environmental and Product Innovation Laboratory, the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Technology Centre, the Advanced Electronics Processing Technology Centre, the Reliability Testing Centre, the Materials Testing Laboratory and the Electromagnetic Compatibility Centre

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