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Metrology Certification for Product Inspection Agencies

Update : 2015-12-08

1 Project Name
Metrology Certification for Product Inspection Agencies

2 Legal Basis
Article 22 of the Metrology Law of the People's Republic of China:

A product quality inspection agency which is to provide notarial data on the quality of products for public use must be checked for its capability and reliability in metrological verification and testing by the metrological administrative department of a people's government at or above the provincial level.
Article 32 of the Rules for the Implementation of The Metrology Law of the People’s Republic of China:

A product quality inspection agency which is to provide notarial data on the quality of products for public use must be certified by the metrological administrative department of a people's government at or above the provincial level.
Article 27 of the Shanghai Administrative Rules on Metrology Supervision:

An agency which is to provide measurement data about products for public use shall meet all requirements, especially those pertaining to equipment, personnel, systems and environmental impact, in the national technical specifications of metrology, and apply for metrology certification to the Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision (hereinafter referred to as the Bureau).

3 Conditions for Approval
An applicant must meet the following basic conditions:
(1) Applicant holds a notarial position as a third party;
(2) Existing laws and regulations, national and international standards/rules and specifications, industrial standards, or local standards applicable to and as a basis of item applied shall be in place;
(3) Measuring capability shall meet the established requirements in national and international standards/rules and specifications, industrial standards, or local standards pertaining to the itemsto be inspected;
(4) Organizational structure, personnel, sites (regular, temporary or ambulatory), measuring devices and quality assurance measures which meet the requirements of metrology certification shall be in place.

No authorization shall be granted unless the review on metrology certification is passed. For details of the review please see the Shanghai Criteria of Review on Metrology Certification.

4 Implementing Organization

The Bureau

5 Procedures
(1) Application

The applicant shall apply for metrology certification to the Bureau and submit the following application materials:

(a) Application for metrology certification in duplicate;
(b) Certificate of qualification as a legal person;
(c)Documentary evidence for approval of the establishment of the organization by a higher organization or relevant department;
(d) Quality manual;
(e) Category of procedural documents;
(f) Typical measuring reports of the applicant (1-2 reports for each major item);
(g) Evidentiary materials proving participation of the applicant in capability verification activities overthe last 2 years; for initial applications such evidentiary material is not required;
(h) Form of seeking advice on metrology certification.

(2) Acceptance

A decision on acceptance or rejection of the application shall be made within 5 days from the date of receiving the application and a written notice shall be issued.
(3) Review

The Bureau shall entrust an intermediary agency to arrange on-site review of the applicant within 2 months after accepting the application.

4) Ratification and Issuing Certificate:
The Bureau shall finish examination of the application and review materials within 20 working days. Where the requirements for issuing the certificate are met, the Bureau shall issue the certificate to the applicant. Where the requirements are not met, a written notice shall be given to the applicant.

6 Time Limit
An administrative decision granting accreditation shall be made within 20 working days from the date of acceptance (excluding time for review). The Certificate of Metrology Certification shall be issued within 10 working days from the date of an administrative decision granting authorization is made.

7 Fee
According to the notice on printing and distributing of metrology charge standards of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, State Planning Commission and Ministry of finance (Issuance No 323 (1991) of AQSIQ), the fee for metrology certification is 1200 RMB per application and the fee of Certificate [original unfinished]

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