Trade between Germany and China has been growing continuously over the past years. In 2019, China was Germany's most important trading partner for the third consecutive year with a total trade volume of 199.3 billion euros. Traded goods – mostly from high-tech and innovative sectors – include motor vehicles and components, machinery, electrical engineering, consumer and chemical products as well as IT and communications goods.


Since 2008, Germany and China have been working together closely to increase product safety in both countries and to promote the development of a bilaterally and internationally coordinated quality infrastructure dialogue.


This goal was reaffirmed in 2019 with a Joint Declaration between the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR). It serves as the foundation for continued cooperation on quality infrastructure in the Sino-German Working Group Product Safety and the Sino-German Working Group Accreditation and Conformity Assessment, as well as the Sino-German Standardisation Cooperation Commission (SGSCC).


The political dialogue mechanisms involve relevant ministries, regulators, public agencies, accreditation and standardisation bodies, industry associations and corporations from both countries. On the Chinese side, additional political partners include the SAMR sub-agencies Standardization Administration of China (SAC) and China National Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) as well as the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFCOM) and the Cyperspace Administration of China (CAC).


The Chinese and German partners and stakeholders address market access concerns of the industry, and thereby improve business conditions and bilateral trade. Topics range from Industrie 4.0, machinery safety, medical devices, e-commerce and electro mobility to cyber security, IT security and data protection.


Dr. Jens Gayko (SCI4.0) and Mr. LIU Dashan present the signed protocol of the plenary meeting

The Industrie 4.0/Intelligent Manufacturing Sub-Working Group of the Sino-German Commission for Standardisation Cooperation Commission is sounding out their goals for this year.

Functional Safety is one of the most important standards in industrial safety. How can international cooperation for Functional Safety be shaped? We asked the two lead experts of the Sino-German Standardisation Cooperation Commission's Technical Expert Group Functional Safety Xiong Wenze and Peter Sieber in an interview.


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Jan-Patrick Schnell

Head of Country Component China
Sino-German Quality Infrastructure Project


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Tayuan Diplomatic Office Building
Room 1-13-1
No. 14, Liangmahe Nanlu, Chaoyang District
100600 Beijing, PR China


Phone: +86 10 85 32 47 58


On 17 September 2019, the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) circulated a call for comments on the “Notice to matters related to the first batch implementation of UDI for medical devices”1. The deadline for comments is 25 September 2019.


Following the publication of the regulations for the UDI-system on 27 August 2019, the draft notice specifies the first step in the step-by-step implementation plan for UDI in China. It includes a product catalogue for the first batch of products requiring UDI, covering certain high-risk, class III devices.


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On 27 August 2019, the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) published the Regulations for the Unique Device Identifier (UDI) System for Medical Devices (announced in Circular [2019] No. 66) along with an interpretation. The regulations will enter into force on 1 October 2019, while actual implementation is to take place step-by-step based on risk classifications. More specific information on this step-by-step implementation, however, is still to follow.



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What is the difference between Chinese GB and GB/T Standards? How does standardisation work in the People’s Republic of China and how can one get involved? The “Standardisation in China – How does it work?”-Factsheet provides a concise overview of standardisation in the world’s second largest economy.

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GPQI Supports German and Chinese authorities to ensure product quality of personal protective equipment and critical medical supplies for COVID-19 response.

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The technical expert group Network Communications and Edge Computing of the Sub-Working Group Industrie 4.0/Intelligent Manufacturing of the SGSCC released the SME Test Bed Program Proposal report in October 2020. The Test Bed Program illustrates a proposal to enable Manufacturing SMEs to be directly involved in Intelligent Manufacturing/Industry 4.0 initiatives. Its main objective is to promote the test bed projects within the manufacturing SME community between China and Germany to stimulate the transition from legacy manufacturing solutions towards Intelligent Manufacturing/Industry 4.0 solutions.

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This joint report arose within the cooperation line “Use Cases and Applications” in the Sub-Working Group Industrie 4.0/Intelligent Manufacturing of the SGSCC (Sino-German Standardization Cooperation Committee), which analyses business strategies and customer needs in the manufacturing industries by looking at concrete customer projects.

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