Hong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ) is one of the supporting organizations of the “Testing & Certification Industry Summit” which was organized by The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) on 2 March 2011. I represented HKSQ to attend and summarized the summit for sharing.
Prof. Ching said Testing and Certification (T&C) Industry was one of the six economic areas where Hong Kong enjoyed clear advantages and had good potential for further development. Locally, T&C played an important role such as medical testing, food testing and construction materials testing. Moreover, it supported external trade for products manufactured in Pearl River Delta Region.
T&C Industry Profile was briefed and total employment was about 16000 (included 9100 professionals). The number of Accredited Laboratories (175), Inspection Bodies (20) and Certification Bodies (17) by HKAS were reviewed.
The prospects of T&C industry were:
i) Increasing awareness of quality and safety of products (Global trend)
ii) Major edges of the industry included good integrity and high international reputation, as well as, close to the manufacturing base in the Mainland.
The role of Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification (HKCTC) was mentioned
Lastly, Prof. Ching introduced the new arrangement to allow HKAS accredited laboratories in Hong Kong to participate the testing service for the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) system in CEPA Supplementary VII.
Dr. Chung briefed the history of Hong Kong Industry Development. In the past, product needed for testing aboard (say EU) and the turnaround time was long. FHKI established a laboratory since 1963 to service local manufacturers. He encouraged us to determine Hong Kong standard which was recognized worldwide, then Hong Kong brand would be success.
The third speaker was Ir. Prof. Peter K. W. Mok (Chairman of Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency) and his presentation named "Challenge and Opportunity of Certification Bodies in Hong Kong".
i) Local CB scale was small (Most of CB employee were less then 50.)
ii) No specific professional training for CB talent
iii) Lack of competence auditors
iv) The service scope coverage was not enough
v) Government support was needed.
Mr. Kuan briefed the industry in Macau from textile (Inspection) to service (Casino). He said Hong Kong and Macau were complementary in Testing and Certification Industry. He told us 橫琴 was a new area (3 times large than Macau) to be developed for different industries and it would be a new opportunity for T&C industry.
There were more than 100 participants.
(Left: Dr. Eric Sze (Senior Accreditation Officer, HKAS); Dr. H.K. Lau (Assistant Professor, Engineering Sciences, School of Science & Technology, OUHK) and I)
Bachelor of Science in Product Design, Testing and Certification: http://sct.ouhk.edu.hk/engsc/distance-learning/testing-certification/pdtc-aims/
Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre: http://www.cpttm.org.mo/home_c.php
HKSQ Certification Scheme “Certified Laboratory Quality Specialist (CLabQS)”: http://www.hksq.org/cert_hksq_clabqs.htm .