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March 12, 2015

Korean exporters to China seek clarification of the applicable product documentation standards for China

On August 19, 2014 HansemEUG visited Beijing and confirmed an agreement with the China Association for Standardization (CAS).

The agreement provides a strategic and collaborative framework that focuses on three main areas.

1. Advisory services for the adoption of Chinese regulations and standards into product documentation.
2. Evaluation services for the suitability of quality and terminology of localized Chinese content.
3. Advisory services for the adoption of Chinese regulations and standards into product standards and production processes.

The Chinese national standards include ‘compulsory standards’ that have been considered a risk factor by Korean exporters to China. The ‘compulsory standards’ refer to legal obligations requiring products to comply with minimum requirements in product documentation. To understand the requirements better, Korea’s TC industry studied the requirements of the standards. The study assessed the suitability of GB 5296.1-2012 and the compulsory standards of product documentation for general consumer products.

Originally the standards were to take effect from May 2014 in China but due to additional engagement with Chinese manufacturers they will now take effect from May 2016. In the meantime, there remains a lack of expertise in Korea around the interpretation and implementation of the provisions of GB 5296.1-2012.

To resolve this situation, the agreement between HansemEUG and CAS provides an opportunity for Korean exporters to obtain relevant and accurate information from a local source. The agreement will help to ensure that their product documentation is suitable for the Chinese market.

Kim Yang-sook, HansemEUG’s CEO and Gao Jenjung, the Secretary-General of the China Association for Standardization.

A related article was introduced in the CAS website.

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