Scope of China’s compulsory standards

    As prescribed in  Standardization Law of the Peoples Republic of China, those for safeguarding human health and ensuring the safety of the person and of property and those for compulsory execution as prescribed by the laws and administrative rules and regulations shall be compulsory standards.
    All following technical requirements belong in compulsory standards:
    (1) standards for pharmaceuticals, food hygiene and veterinary medicine;
    (2) safety and hygiene standards for products and the production, storage and transportation and utilization of products; standards for the safety of labour and hygiene standards and safety standards for transportation;
    (3) quality, safety and sanitation standards for project construction and other standards for project construction that must be controlled by the State;
    (4) standards for the discharge of pollutants concerning environmental protection and standards for environmental quality;
    (5) important technical terms, symbols, codes and drafting methods in common use;
    (6) standards for commonly used methods of experimentation and examination;
    (7) standards for conversion and coordination;
    (8) quality standards for the important products which need to be controlled by the State.
    The local standards formulated by standardization administration departments of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government for the safety and sanitary requirements of industrial products shall be compulsory standards within their respective administrative areas.
    As prescribed by Standardization Rule of Shanghai effective on March15th 2001, local compulsory standards should be formulated only for safeguarding human health and ensuring the safety of the person and of property, protecting environment, and avoiding fraud, etc.