Over the past 13 years continuous progress has been made in the understanding and convergence of EU and Chinese product regulations through this dialogue between the European Commission and the Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China.
This is vital to the internationalization and success of companies in both the EU and China.
Today’s regulatory dialogue focused on greater convergence of technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment.
Regulatory convergence is mutually beneficial: it facilitates trade, reduces burdens on enterprises and helps industries’ competitiveness on a global scale. SMEs in particular need simpler regulations and accessible information about applicable requirements. Currently regulatory divergences between EU and Chinese systems still create barriers to trade and inflate compliance costs.
Today's meeting, chaired by DG Enterprise and Industry Director General Daniel Calleja and Vice-Minister Sun Dawei focused on three main aspects:
Excessively burdensome conformity assessment procedures can act as a serious market access barrier. Some priorities in this domain are to intensify exchanges on product risk assessment, risk management and market surveillance to support China’s current work on the simplification of the CCC scheme. According to the results of a recent study, this would be particularly relevant in sectors such as electrical equipment, toys and textiles.
Some priority issues identified by the study are fostering international standards, making better use of voluntary international conformity assessment schemes and introducing elements of competition to certification services.
Industry and in particular SMEs, need clear, transparent and easily accessible market access information to support their internationalisation. Currently, over 300 European Standards form the basis for Chinese standards.
The Commission and the Chinese authorities would like to intensify cooperation on standard convergence and extend the number and the standard information of products already covered by CESIP (China-Europe Standardisation Information Platform). This would provide companies with easily accessible, complete, clear and free of charge information.
Both sides discussed areas in which harmonised standards could pave the way to more regulatory convergence and ease market access for Chinese and European industry, for instance resource and energy efficiency.
Technical regulation convergence
Working groups reported to the plenary on their activities aiming at regulatory convergence in the sectors of Electronics, Machinery, pressure equipment, toys and wine and spirits.