BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday became the
sixth permanent member of the International Standard Organization (ISO),30 years
The breakthrough was made after the organization
decided to expand its number of permanent members at the 31st ISO general
assembly in Dubai, China's Standardization Administration (SAC) announced in a
statement on Friday.
The permanent membership came 12 years ahead of the
goal set in the SAC's development plan, which included enhancing China's right
to speak on international standard issues by 2020.
The six permanent members of the organization can
vote on decisions concerning product standards worldwide, together with the 14
non-permanent members, which are elected every three years and are prohibited
from serving consecutive terms.
The SAC had actively encouraged Chinese enterprises
to participate in international standard activities, and raised the country's
contribution ranking to sixth, higher than many developed countries, the
Contribution is calculated by the number of
technology committees, sub-committees and working groups in which the member
nation participated, the number of international standards it drafted and the
total fees paid.
The achievement was the result of joint efforts made
by the foreign, commerce, finance and science and technology ministries and the
General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, the
ISO is the world's largest developer and publisher of
international standards. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, it is a network
of the national standards institutes of 157 countries.
As international trade flourished, the establishment
of international standards became more important, and ISO gained increasing
recognition around the world.
"China's entry into a permanent membership of the
organization would boost its influence in the organization. From now on, China
will have a say in ISO affairs," said Li Fengyun from the China Metallurgical
Information and Standardization Research Institute.
The original ISO permanent members are the United
States, Germany, Britain, France and Japan.