OUHK Testing and Certification Conference - Day 1

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) organized the 1st "Testing and Certification Conference (TCC)" from 12 to 14 Nov 2014. It aimed to align with the Government's strategy and to drive the development of Testing and Certification (T&C) industry in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ) and Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) are supporting organizations of the conference. I attended and summarized this seminar for sharing below.

In the beginning, Prof. YS Wong (President, OUHK) gave an opening remark. He mentioned the importance of testing and certification on Hong Kong trade economy and introduced OUHK related courses for testing and certification included MSc degree in 2012 and BSc degree in 2013.

Then Prof. PC Ching (Chairman, HKCTC) gave an opening speech. He introduced the mission of Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification (T&C) and he said “high quality people lead to success”. He also encouraged promoting T&C through career talk and internship program.

Souvenirs presentation and group photo

Dr. George HK Lau (General Chair, Organization Committee of TCC2014) introduced the theme of the conference “Global Opportunities and Challenges” and new campus of Jubilee College, OUHK.

Group photo of all guests and keynotes

The first speaker was Mr. Peter Unger (Chairman, International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)) and his presentation topic entitled "Testing and Certification – Future Opportunities and Challenges". Initially, Mr. Unger introduced the role of accreditation of testing and certification which aimed to support confidence in the market.

Then he briefed the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF) both were global networks of conformity assessment accreditation bodies and aimed to act as a central ‘Hub” to harmonize conformity assessment best practice covering new economies.

Finally, Mr. Unger focused on T&C market and he believed competent testing and certification were essential tools for assuring quality of performance. He observed a number of trends on the demand for testing, certification and accreditation. He also pointed out some challenges such as measurement uncertainty claims, traceability of measurements and availability of competent T&C services in all economies of the world. He concluded that T&C market was expected to grow 8 to 10% in the medium term according to Houlihan Lokey (USA-based industrial research firm).

The second speaker was Mr. Richard W. O’Brien (Director, Office of International Programs & Intergovernmental Affairs, US Consumer Product Safety Commission) and he presented "The Indispensable Culture & Safety as an Element of Quality". He told us some employees’ mistake stories that related to the safety culture. He concluded “Quality without Safety is not Quality.”

In Q&A session, many people asked questions.

During tea break, I took photos with guest speakers and T&C friends.
(Left: Lotto Lai (HKSQ), Mr. Richard W. O’Brien, Ir. Raymond Wong (Consumer Testing Services Director, SGS Hong Kong Ltd.), Mr. Peter Unger and Dr. Wu xue zhen (Associate Professor, Department of Automation Engineering, Guangxi Hydraulic and Electric Polytechnic))

(Left: I, Dr. George HK Lau, Dr. Fred Wang-Fat Lee (Assistant Professor, T&C, School of Science & Technology, OUHK) and Dr. Xueping Chen (Co-founder, Vitargent (International) Biotechnology Limited)

The third speaker was Prof. Hoi-Shan Kwan (Professor, School of Life Sciences, CUHK) and his presentation title named "Testing and Certification for Food Safety in Hong Kong". Prof. Kwan introduced different organizations and agencies involved in Food Safety Testing in Hong Kong

The following diagrams showed different food safety related organizations and agencies. For governmental related agencies, it included Centre for Food Safety, Government Laboratory, HKAS and Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department.

Lastly, Prof. Kwan used the whole food supply chain to describe and explain the relationship among government agencies, certification bodies and university research centres. He said the demand for better measurements was growing. Then he quoted Lord Kelvin statement that “When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it.”

Mr. Dennis WK Lee (Head of Standards & Calibration Laboratory (SCL)) was the fourth speaker and his topic was "The Evolving Importance of Metrology in Trade, Industry and Society and the Roles of Metrology".

Mr. Lee explained the objectives of metrology included measurements that are stable, comparable and coherent. He also mentioned a traceability chain for length measurement to demonstrate this unbroken chain of comparative measurement.

International Quality Infrastructures such as BIPM, ilac-MRA, ISO and IAF were mentioned. Mr. Lee also introduced the metrology infrastructure of Hong Kong included Chemcial and Physical Metrology. He stated the chapter 68, section 8 – Weight and Measures Ordinance is one of legislation of Hong Kong related to measurement. Another one is The Basic Law Article 139 that the SCL and GL represent Hong Kong as the Metrology Institutes on measurement matters. Finally, Dennis told us that it was the 30th anniversary of SCL in 2014.

Dr. George HK Lau invited us to have lunch.

(Left: Dr. Joyce Chan (Education Advisor, VTC (iVE Sha Tin)), Dr. Xueping Chen, Dr. Steven SL Yang (Electronic Engineer, SCL), Dr. KS Leung (Visiting Asso Professor, ABCT Dept., PolyU), Mr. Dominic Lam (GM, CMATCL), I, Ms. Angela Wong (Vice-chairman, HKSQ) and Ms. Jacqueline Chiu (Regional Quality Assurance Manager – Asia Pacific, UL))

(Left: Mr. Ian Minu (Marketing Director, China Dragon), Ian’s colleague, I, Dr. Joyce Chan and Ms. Fanny Tang (Lecturer, OUHK))

The fifth speaker was Mr. Mark I. Montrose (Past President and Founder, IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society) and his presentation entitled "Product Safety Testing – Design to Comply or Design to Meet". He said “Design to Meet” was a process used to ensure minimal compliance to a proscribed set of tests, which may not be appropriate in order to sell a product without regard to quality or environment of use.

Then Mr. Montrose introduced Hazard Based Safety Engineering and pointed out factors are influencing risk as follows.
- The severity of the effect of the hazard.
- Frequency and duration of exposure to the hazard.
- Probability of occurrence of an event which can cause harm.
- Technical and human possibilities to avoid or limit harm.

Finally, Mr. Montrose summarized that functional safety required much more than simply asking a test laboratory to perform some standardized tests and understanding all potential hazards using risk hazard analysis so as to switch from “Design to Meet” to “Design to Comply”.

The sixth speaker was Mr. Daren Slee (Member of the Leadership for the Forensics and Failure Analysis (Chair) and Risk Assessment Technical Committees, IEEE) and his talk named "Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) methods and Accelerated Testing concepts". He explained the three key elements of FMEA included Severity, Likelihood and Detectability. He said that more sense to use a 5 level scale unless very good quantitative data is available to support more levels.

Mr. Slee mentioned Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) which used for achieving a robust reliable product with low failure rate under normal operating conditions. Then his partner Dr. Peng Meng Kou (Senior Associate, Exponent) briefed their company which located in the Science Park.

I took a photo with speaker and friends again during tea break.
(Left: Mr. Dennis WK Lee, Mr. Daren Slee, I and Dr. George Lau)

Dr. Lore Kiefert (Chief Gemmologist, Gubelin Gem Lab., Switzerland) was the last speaker and his topic was "Standards Methods in Gemstone Testing". She briefed the history of gemstone testing with some traditional method such as optical microscope with various lighting, spectroscope, polariscope, etc.

The she introduced the standardization in coloured stone testing based on the 4 C’s that were Carat, Colour, Clarity and Cut. For diamond grading, 1 carat is equal to 0.2 gram. The grading systems between CIBJO and GIA were discussed.

After Conference Day 1, Dr. Eric Sze (Assistant Professor, OUHK) led us to visit some new laboratories in OUHK.
Chemical teaching lab

Instrument room

Electrical teaching lab

It is the first EMC chamber in the university for teaching purpose!

OUHK use camera to demonstrate the testing performed inside EMC chamber for student observation. It is because many students inside the chamber during the test setup was not suitable.

OUHK: http://www.ouhk.edu.hk/WCM/?FUELAP_TEMPLATENAME=tcSingPage&lang=eng
OUHK TCC2014 - http://tc.ouhk.edu.hk/news/testing-and-certification-conference-2014/
HKCTC: http://www.hkctc.gov.hk/en/about.html
HKSQ: http://www.hksq.org/



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