China signs Memorandum of Understanding with NEMA.

Press Release Summary:

On Oct 13, NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis and CNIS VP Qiu Yueming signed an agreement to reference NEMA norms in development of standards in China. Liu Weijun, Chief Engineer of the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China, met with NEMA and expressed desire to establish regular cooperative exchanges. Also, Chinese translation of 2008 NEC® was completed, as well as MITA Members' Meetings in Beijing, Medium-Voltage Members Forum, NEMA Members' Meeting at U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, a meeting with China Quality Certification Centre President Ms. Wang Kejiao, and CEEIA visit.

Original Press Release:

The Chinese National Institute for Standardization Signs Memorandum of Understanding with NEMA

On 13th October, visiting NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis and CNIS Vice President Qiu Yueming signed an agreement to reference NEMA norms in the development of standards. CNIS is a standardization research body that is affiliated with the Chinese government's General Administration of Quality Supervision and Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). CNIS' National Standards Library is the country's most important resource for information on Chinese and worldwide standards.

Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA) Indicates Interest in Memorandum of Understanding

NEMA met on October 16 with CNCA's Chief Engineer, Liu Weijun, who is in charge of product certification, historically including the "CCC" mark but more recently including marks for energy efficiency and environmental compliance. His interest in an MOU also features a desire to establish regular cooperative exchanges.

Chinese Translation of the 2008 National Electrical Code® (NEC) Completed

The result of a joint NEMA-Chinese Electrical Equipment Industry Association (CEEIA) project, the first-ever translation of the NEC was formally introduced during an October 17 Workshop that was attended by more than 100 specialists. Other sponsors of the event included NFPA, the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the Chinese Association for Standardization (CAS) and the Chinese Institute for Standard Building Design and Research (CBS). This document provides the basis for introducing a number of electrical safety devices developed by NEMA members into the Chinese electrical system.

Before the session, Evan Gaddis also met with a number of Chinese VIPs such as Mr. Sun Xiaokang, the Vice Administrator of the Standardization Administration of China (SAC). They discussed Arc-Fault Circuit Interruptors (AFCIs) and Ground-Fault Circuit Interruptors (GFCIs) as specific safety devices that would greatly add to electrical safety in the Middle Kingdom if they were to be adopted as part of a China national electrical code.

MITA Members' Meetings in Beijing

The severe global economic downturn has led to the necessity of MITA to discontinue having a representative in Beijing. This meeting was held to encourage local MITA members' representatives to continue to collaborate under the auspices of NEMA's Beijing office to ensure that benefits provided by such meetings continue to accrue to member companies. Most of the meeting was spent covering actions to be taken in response to emerging regulations concerning product registration.

Medium-Voltage Members Forum

This meeting was a direct outgrowth of the successful technical seminar on MV electrical equipment organized by NEMA under the U.S. Trade and Development Agency Standards and Conformity Assessment Program earlier this year. This being the first such forum held in China, it provided NEMA members an opportunity to identify and discuss numerous issues that either currently impact business or have the potential to do so. The meeting was conducted in accordance with NEMA anti-trust meeting guidelines; minutes have already been distributed to members.

NEMA Members' Meeting at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai

Working with the U.S. Commercial Service, NEMA organized this members' meeting to brief companies on the ongoing NEMA Strategic Initiatives, the economy, energy storage, and the Smart Grid. Wen Shanlin, NEMA Beijing Chief Representative, outlined and reminded the participants of NEMA's China activities, including advocacy on behalf of members, market information, development of standards and conformity assessment policy and practice, and managing the U.S. Trade and Development Standards and Conformity Assessment Program. There was particular interest in members pooling funds to support technical committee representatives, in a manner similar to that used to fund representatives to U.S. Technical Advisory Groups. Also there was much interest in NEMA Beijing identifying future national policy developments and their potential impact on business.

Meeting with China Quality Certification Centre President Ms. Wang Kejiao

The purpose of this meeting was to hear about the recent reorganization of this testing and certification firm, now the largest in China for electrical products. Working directly in collaboration of the government agency AQSIQ, this firm carries out certification of all electrical products, including mandatory safety "CCC" mark, as well as voluntary CQC marking to indicate compliance with energy conservation and environmental protection. CQC is very interested in pursuing formal programs with U.S. private sector and U.S. government entities in these areas. Such programs would provide an ideal mechanism to introduce U.S. technology into China with the support of this highly-regarded Chinese institution.


NEMA and the China Electrical Equipment Industry Association signed a memorandum of understanding in 2005. Since that time we have collaborated on a number of projects, most recently the translation of the 2008 National Electrical Code® into Chinese. Discussions included next steps, including broad distribution of the document, in-depth training seminars, and the future development of a Chinese electrical installation code. CEEIA is also very interested in promoting high efficiency motors using NEMA Premium levels.

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