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Summary of issues by theme Raised by Raised by China's response
United other WTO
Request for China to ensure local EC - Writtenb
manufacturer of like products are
subject to similar treatments and
Procedures implemented to ensure that EC - Writtenb The certification bodies were obliged to protect
confidentiality of technical information the confidentiality and non-disclosure of the
about products is dealt in a manner that technical information and trade secrets that
legitimate commercial interests are were required to obtain certificates. Mutual
protected at both national and local recognition of results should be based on
levels. bilateral or multilateral agreements between
Concern with the issue of confidentiality EC - Verbale governments or organizations duly authorized
of the detailed technical documentation by the government. China supported the
support to be supplied by recognition of certification/testing results on an
manufacturers. equal basis; in this sense China had joined the
International Electrotechnical Commission for
Electrical Equipment (IECEE); and, therefore,
recognized the CB certificates issued in the
context of the IECEE system. (Verbale)
Confirmation about whether products EC - Writtenb
already certified according to the
previous regime (for instance, Law on
Import and Export Commodity
Inspection (CCIB) certification) need to
undergo the new certification system.
Concern with the issue of the EC - Verbale
recognition of different conformity
assessment procedures, particularly
where products had already been
certified according to the previous
Explanation of how far foreign EC - Writtenb
conformity assessment will be taken into
consideration in the Chinese
procedures, notably in sectors where
similar requirements apply.
Hurdles caused by the repetition of tests EC - Written
for several parts and/or components;
China's willingness to accept the results
of foreign conformity assessment
procedures based on practically the
Concern that the approval marks for EC - Verbale
automobiles - while it seemed that
China did not accept United Nations
Economic Commission's (UNEC)
approval marks, China's standards were
basically the same standards as
UNEC-could lead to a repetition of
tests for several parts, and to different
certificates for identical products when
produced in different plants.
Trade obstacle created by China's Unit EC - Writtenb
Classification Guidelines, which deviate
from international practices;
recommendation that China accede to
the 1958 United Nations Economic
Commission for Europe (UN/ECE)
GAO-05-209R U.S.-China Trade
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United States. Government Accountability Office. U.S.-China Trade: Summary of 2003 World Trade Organization Transitional Review Mechanism for China, text, January 25, 2005; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc301428/m1/49/: accessed May 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.