IEC Technical Committee 111, which prepares environmental standards for electrical and electronic products, has built a strong working relationship with China Quality Certification Centre (CQC), the largest professional certification body in China.
In addition to providing product and management system certification, CQC is a state-authorized third party certification body for energy and water saving as well as environmentally friendly products. The Centre is also a national certification body in the IEC Conformity Assessment programme IECEE.
“CQC is an indispensable working partner for IEC TC 111. Its experts, whether from industry or various Chinese organizations, contribute to our different working groups. There are 35 participating Chinese members in TC 111, the highest number from any country. This involvement underlines the strong commitment from the Chinese government to international standards in world markets and especially relating to environmental aspects. It is no coincidence that standardization was the focal point of the 25th Yiwu International Fair which IEC TC 111 attended in October”, says Christophe Garnier IEC TC 111 Chair.
Inside TC 111, Chinese members have been leading the way on product category rules, which need to be established to ensure the environmental evaluation of similar products from different manufacturers can be compared. They are also investigating the possibility of harmonizing the criteria for ecolabels to help industry make the appropriate declarations.
“We do our best to inform Chinese experts about IEC TC 111 work as well as let the world know about Chinese standardization work. We have sent more than 30 Chinese experts to take part in the development of all the technical documents developed by TC111 and we lead five of these developments. We transformed 17 IEC Standards and TRs regarding EE environmental aspects into Chinese standards. In addition, Chinese standards of hazardous substance testing were proposed as part of IEC 62321-12 (Determination of certain substances in electrotechnical products – Part 12: Simultaneous determination Polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominateddiphenyl ethers and phthalates in polymers by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry)”, says Mingfei Luo, from CQC and head of Chinese TC 111 Mirror Committee.
“I am very glad to see that more and more stakeholders are attracted by TC 111 work. We are building links between the Chinese government, associations, institutions, companies, testing and certification bodies. As a result, there is an increasing awareness among them of the importance of standards. All these achievements can not be made without consistent support from TC 111 officers. We do hope that China will continue to play an important role in TC 111 work in the future,” she adds.
IEC TC 111 presentation at the Yiwu Fair
An estimated 20 000 people attended the Yiwu Fair 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 comprised standards development organizations, including the IEC, and testing and certification bodies from China (including CQC), the United States and Europe, as well as 2000 companies from South Korea, Australia, Japan, Brazil, Germany, Italy and China.
IEC TC 111 presented its key standards during the event, including the second edition of IEC of IEC 62474, which establishes the requirements for reporting the substances and materials included in electronic and electrical products.
The standard also facilitates the transfer and processing of this data by defining a common data format which applies to exchanges in the supply chain. It comes with a validated open database, which is an XML standardized declaration format for a list of substances, substance groups and common material classes.