The vital role of standards in promoting product quality and international trade was the theme of the recent China Yiwu International Commodities Fair. Among those taking part were the Chair of IEC Technical Committee 111, Christophe Garnier, and the Director of the IEC Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, Dennis Chew.
An estimated 20 000 people attended the event in Zhejiang Province, in eastern China, between 21 and 25 October. The Standardization Administration of China and the Ministry of Commerce co-hosted the event with the Zhejiang provincial authorities.
Participants included standards development organizations, and testing and certification bodies from China, the United States and Europe, as well as 2,000 companies from South Korea, Australia, Japan, Brazil, Germany, Italy and China.
IEC TC 111 prepares key horizontal standards for helping manufacturers to design electrical and electronic products with the environment in mind. They are essential tools in the fight against e-waste, while aiding manufacturers to meet legislative requirements on toxic substances control.