Policy on Application of Standards
In line with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, Hong Kong, China's policy is to use international standards as far as possible and align domestic standards with international standards where appropriate.
Hong Kong, China does not have a central standards body developing and issuing domestic standards. Our regulatory authorities use standards as and when necessary, and avoid the position where the setting of standards dictates market development or becomes a means of protecting certain sectors of the industry.
The Product Standards Information Bureau (PSIB), the Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) and the Standards and Calibration Laboratory (SCL) of the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) actively participate in standards and conformity assessment related international and regional activities. PSIB represents Hong Kong, China in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC); HKAS actively participates in the Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC), International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC); and SCL is a full member of the Asia Pacific Metrology Programme (APMP) and represents Hong Kong, China as an Associate of the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) of the Metre Convention. The Customs and Excise Department is a Correspondent Member of the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) and a Member of the Asia Pacific Legal Metrology Forum (APLMF). The Office of the Telecommunications Authority also sends its officers to attend meetings of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).