|Evolving with the Times in the Field of Standardization Research
and Information Service
Spotlight on the Shanghai Institute of Standardization
by Wang Jingsong
The Shanghai Institute for Standardization has been assisting
standardization research in China for over 17 years. Wang Jingsong,
of the SIS, describes their programs and their partnership with
Standardization is inseparable from the development of science,
technology, and economy. As the global economy becomes more integrated,
the Chinese government, industrial enterprises, and citizens have
become increasingly concerned with standardization. Standardization
leads to technological innovation, improvement in industrial efficiency,
and a rise in the quality of products, services, and standards
The Shanghai Institute of Standardization is an organization that
specializes in research on standardization. Financed by the Shanghai
city government, SIS provides services to the public in all areas
pertaining to standards and standardization.
Introduction to SIS
SIS was founded in 1984. Its previous name was Shanghai Institute
of Technical Supervision Information. Our organization was renamed
SIS in December 2000 due to an expansion of the range of professional
services that we want to offer.
As a government-authorized organization, SIS specializes in standardization
research, documentation, information services, quality certification,
classification, coding, and research on the Agreement on Technical
Barriers to Trade of the World Trade Organization (WTO/TBT). SIS
is also authorized by the relevant government authorities to undertake
the local management of commodities bar codes and corporate entities
SIS is mainly made up of the following departments:
Standardization Research Center;
Standards Documentation Service Center (including the Documents
Division and the Domestic Standards Distribution Division);
Editorial Department of the Shanghai Standardization Magazine
Code Administration Center for Shanghai Organizations and Corporate
Article Numbering Center of China, Shanghai Branch.
SIS supervises the activities of other subsidiary bodies such
as the Shanghai Audit Center of China Certification Committee
for Quality Mark, the Shanghai Audit Center, Shanghai Laboratory
Accreditation Communication Center, the Quality Time Studio
of the Oriental TV Station, and others.
SIS has 136 staff employees. More than 90 percent are professionals
in various fields including 18 senior-level technical professionals
and more than 30 nationally registered auditors for quality management
systems, environmental management systems, and laboratories.
Over the last 17 years, SIS has developed into one of Chinas
largest comprehensive standardization organizations. SIS has made
many important contributions to the economic development efforts
in Shanghai and adjacent regions. In July 2001, SIS became the
first institution of the same kind in China that obtained the
QMS certification of ISO 9001:2000.
Standardization Research and Information Service
As one of Chinas largest standards centers, SIS possesses 43 kinds of advanced international and foreign standards
including those of the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the
International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the American National
Standards Institute (ANSI), ASTM, the British Standards Institute
(BS), Germanys standards institute (DIN), and the Japanese Standards
Association (JSA) as well as 61 kinds of domestic standards. SIS
acquires more than 40 sets of CD-ROM reference tools containing
domestic and foreign standards and technical regulations. Besides
these resources, SIS has created the Domestic and Foreign Standards
Database that includes over 250,000 standards titles. Today, this
database is widely used by a large number of standardization institutes and
Chinese corporations across the nation.
Each year, SIS provides information services and assistance to
more than 30,000 readers and users. The Institutes customers
come from more than 27 provinces, cities and regions of China
including Hong Kong and Taiwan. SIS provides support for quality
supervision, adoption of advanced international standards, and
technical innovation in Shanghai and adjacent regions. For this
reason, SIS receives many favorable reviews from corporations,
government, and customers.
SIS launched the Shanghai Standardization Information Web site
(www. shsi.net.cn) in October 2000. Customers can search the Domestic
and Foreign Standards Database free of charge.
SIS has carried out research studies on WTO/TBT, information technology,
standardization and foreign technical regulations, and standards
and conformity assessment procedures. Some of these research projects
have received local awards. The major research projects that have
been completed in recent years include:
Information Database of Export-Based Industrial Products to
the European Union;
Standards Research Pertaining to E-Commerce;
Standards System Research for the Shanghai Information Harbor;
Standardization Implementing Plan for the Shanghai Golden Card
Standardization Research for the Shanghai Information System;
Standardization Research for Shanghai Digital Broadcasting and
These research achievements have helped speed up the economic
development of Shanghai and promote its exports.
SIS is carrying out research on other fields such as agricultural
standardization, software engineering, enterprise standardization,
and smart labels for commodities.
To make full use of each others resources, SIS and the Shanghai
Association of Standardization (SAS) jointly set up the Shanghai
WTO/TBT Consulting Center in 2000. The center provides consulting
services pertaining to the WTO/TBT, foreign technical regulations,
standards, and conformity assessment procedures.
A Look to the Future
Facing the new century, SIS will make efforts to learn from advanced
experiences from home and abroad. SIS is planning to transform
the traditional standards documentation resources with the help
of computer technology, digital technology, and network technology.
It will enhance the cooperation with domestic and foreign publishers
of standards to create an online bookstore for standardization
publications and a digital library for standards documentation
within two to three years. At that time, SIS will become a real
Internet provider of standards information.
SIS is striving to turn itself into a modern, customer-friendly
provider of world-class standards information. //
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