Trade between Germany and China has been growing continuously over the past years. In 2017, the bilateral trade volume reached a total of 187 billion euros. For the second year in a row, China was Germany's most important trading partner worldwide. China pursues a comprehensive agenda of rapid industrial and economic development. The digitalization and automation of the Chinese economy is actively being accelerated by government-supported measures and rapid advancements of the regulatory framework. Numerous technical barriers influence trade between Germany and China and impede participation of the German industry in high-tech and innovative sectors. These technical barriers to trade should be removed to further strengthen trade between both countries. Bilateral cooperation on a well-functioning and coherent quality infrastructure plays a vital role in safeguarding and improving the quality of traded goods. Key industries include IT and communications, mechanical and plant engineering, the automotive industry, electrical engineering and consumer products.
Political partners on the Chinese side are the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFCOM), among others.


On 10 March 2020, the Standardisation Administration of China (SAC) issued a plan outlining the key areas for standardisation work in 2020. GPQI has translated the document in English for reference.


SAMR issued "Announcement No. 44" on 16 October 2019, making new adjustments to the CCC product catalogue and implementation requirements.


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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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Recent years have witnessed robust growth of cross-border e-commerce in China. According to the China E-Commerce Report published by the Ministry of Commerce, the cross-border e-commerce growth rate has accelerated since Alibaba’s initial public offering in the United States of America at the end of 2014, to an annual growth rate of 30%.


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