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Chinese lab accreditation is managed by different accreditation bodies depending on whether the laboratory is located in Mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan.
When you are importing products from China, requesting test reports to demonstrate that the product meets necessary standards can often be critical, and it is important for compliance purposes that these test reports are issued by accredited labs.
In this article we introduce the different bodies responsible for managing Chinese lab accreditation and show you where you can search for a Chinese lab.
Although many Chinese factories have their own laboratory, it isn't usually a good idea to depend on their results for demonstrating compliance of your products.
From my own experiences I know there are often issues with these labs, such as uncalibrated equipment, dubious test methods or negative results being fudged or overlooked due to production demands.
Unless a Chinese factory's lab has accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 you should always consider the need for independent testing. This is especially important when you are dealing with potentially dangerous products and essential when you are considering product certification.
This independent testing should be done by laboratories that are accredited by bodies that are signatories to ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation); which is the international organisation for accreditation bodies.
Each signatory to ILAC agrees to their Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) which means, at least in theory, that Chinese lab reports should be accepted worldwide.
It is surprisingly straight forward to find accredited Chinese labs. As part of the ILAC MRA program, accreditation bodies each publish a list of their accredited organizations on their website.
We have included a link to the applicable page on each bodies' website in our summary below.
Once you have found a Chinese lab that can test to the standard you require, the more difficult part can actually be getting in touch with them and making arrangements for testing.
In many cases it is much easier if you can get assistance from a local partner who can help manage the testing and communication processes.
There are 3 accreditation bodies from "Greater China" that are ILAC MRA signatories.
These bodies manage Chinese lab accreditation in the jurisdictions of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan respectively.
Here is an introduction to each:
Amongst the plethora of Chinese certification marks, the CNAS logo is one to look out for on Chinese test reports as it indicates that the report is from an accredited laboratory.
CNAS accredited labs are each issued with a Laboratory Accreditation Certificate which comes in both Chinese and English versions and specifies the lab's address and registration number.
It is always a good idea to request and verify these certificates if you are in any doubt.
Managed by the Hong Kong government's Innovation and Technology Commission, HKAS provides accreditation for all of Hong Kong's labs.
Another avenue for finding information on Hong Kong labs is to contact the Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification Limited who are ILAC stakeholders.
For a relatively small island, Taiwan has a lot of factories and a lot of laboratories. Accreditation of these labs is managed by the not-for-profit and self-funded organisation, TAF.
Note: If you are searching for Taiwan on the ILAC website you will find them listed under "Chinese Taipei" - the same name as used for Taiwan's Olympic team.
In Macau there is no specific body responsible for lab accreditation and this Special Administrative Region of China has relatively few laboratories. Some of the laboratories in Macau seem to be accredited by HKAS or CNAS.
The Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Center assists companies in Macau to do product testing, by arranging for samples to be sent to Hong Kong and Mainland China.
This glossary identifies the different Chinese company registration status terms that appear on official Mainland China company records.
If you are trying to find out if a Chinese company's registration has been revoked, cancelled or rescinded we hope the terms in this glossary will be useful to you.
Keep reading to find out about the various Chinese terms used to describe a company's registration status and get our English translations.
One of the most common ways to pay a Chinese supplier is to make a China T/T Payment, but it is not a method that comes without risk.
We regularly see cases where Chinese suppliers request payments to individual accounts, third parties, offshore accounts and offshore entities, rather than to their own Mainland Chinese corporate bank accounts.
Before sending a China T/T payment, pause and take a moment to make these 4 simple checks - they will help you ensure your payment is really going to the correct Mainland China entity.
In recent years freight trains from China have been capturing newspaper headlines by arriving in more and more countries.
Perhaps there is no more striking example of this then when the first China to Spain cargo train returned to Yiwu having covered a world record 16,156-mile round trip in 2015.
Read this article to learn about China's push for international rail cargo and find our which countries have already received freight trains from China.