Bureau Veritas attended Certification and Accreditation Support Innovation Development and Quality Improvement High-level Dialogue

26/06/17

Talk Freely about Recent Updates on Global Certification and Accreditation Activities

On June 2, 2017, co-hosted by the R&D Center of AQSIQ, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd., Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau with the assistance of the Shanghai Pudong New Area Inspection and Certification Industry Association, "China Quality Development Roundtable Summit High-level Dialogue - Certification and Accreditation Support Innovation Development and Quality Improvement” was held in the headquarters of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd., Shanghai Pudong New Area. Bureau Veritas, as a globally leading third party institute for test, inspection, certification and technical consulting, and one of the first foreign invested inspection organizations that established in China, was invited to this event. Mr. Marc Boissonnet, the executive vice president of global sales & marketing in Bureau Veritas, participated in the high-level dialogue as a representative.


 
The Scene of China Quality Development Roundtable Summit High-level Dialogue

Designed for matching the theme activities of "World Accreditation Day" this year, and implementing the spirit of National Conference on Certification and Accreditation, this event is hosted under the guidance of CNCA, and the support of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Administration Committee and Shanghai Pudong New Area Government. During the conference, Xu Zengde, the associate director of CNCA, put forward the thought on how CNCA guides and promotes the innovation and development of the certification and accreditation industry; Li Zhaojie, the associate director of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Administration Committee, emphasized the effect and function of the certification and accreditation in the construction of pilot free trade zone; Zhao Yuerang, the vice president of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd., highly affirmed that the certification and accreditation play an important role in the domestic large aircraft development and production process, and talked extensively about the certification and accreditation from the perspective of the enterprise's needs; Huang Zihe, the Vice Director of CCID proposed some suggestions on how the certification and accreditation can make organic combination with the development of China's electronic information industry; the executive vice president of global sales & marketing in Bureau Veritas, Marc Boissonnet shared the recent updates on the global certification and accreditation activities, concerning the market trends, the innovations and the success factors, and proposed policy needs for China's certification and accreditation work from the perspective of international inspection and certification institutes.

Joining in Bureau Veritas in 1986, Mr. Marc Boissonnet owns over 30 years of working and management experience in test, inspection, certification and technical consulting fields, and rich experience and unique insights in certification, accreditation, innovation and development. He pointed out, "Today, accreditation and certification are still progressing in Europe, and there are currently three development trends. The first trend is the expansion of the accreditation to control the public testing, inspection or certification services newly outsourced to private certification bodies. The second and new major trend in Europe is the multiplication of personnel certification schemes. The third major trend concerns the laboratories performing medical analysis, for which accreditation has been made mandatory to improve and secure the quality of the service provided."

European accreditation and certification are led by new trends to support quality improvements, and more than that, they are also innovating, as Marc Boissonnet said: "Accreditation and certification are innovating in three main directions. The first direction is the creation of new certification schemes to reduce company vulnerability and to face the new risks the companies are exposed to, mainly introduced by the digital trend; the second direction is that the innovation aims at improving the quality of the certification body services, taking advantage of the recent digital innovations; the third trend concerns the improvement of the certificate management to detect and remove fake certificates or fake certification reports, and to allow each end user to check the authenticity of the certificate they use."

Thanks to the public authority mobilization, both accreditation and certification bodies became key actors of the transparency and confidence in conformity assessments. Europe did a good job in this regard, that is why European certification and accreditation industry is progressing successfully. As a globally leading European institute for test, inspection, certification and technical consulting, Bureau Veritas has a high voice in this aspect. Marc Boissonnet also mentioned four key aspects that built the success of both accreditation and certification in Europe. The first is an important preparation work being done to make sure that all the actors were ready before starting certifying. The second is the precise definition of the responsibilities of all the market actors, such as manufacturers, importers, distributors and certification bodies. The third is the proactive promotion of the mutual recognition between accreditation bodies. The fourth is being open to competition, which ultimately forces each of us to deliver responsive services. Marc Boissonnet also mentioned, China has a very rich experience of certification and accreditation, being always at the forefront in terms of standardization, but the Chinese market conditions are probably very different from what the European community is exposed to. Consequently, the factors that made the success of the European accreditation and certification activities may not be replicable in China, but these experiences may provide ideas for China's certification and accreditation career, which is also worth learning by China.

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