Standards in Hong Kong

A Hot Tip about Law and Compliance in Hong Kong SAR

Posted on: 29 Mar 2010


Hong Kong’s policy, in accordance with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, is to adhere to international standards to the maximum extent possible.


The following areas have special regulations, standards and conformity assessment mechanisms: animals and plants (sanitary and phytosanitary); boilers and pressure vessels, building materials, chemicals (pesticides); consumer goods, drugs and medical devices, electrical products, energy, environment, food, information technology equipment, radioactive substances and irradiating apparatus, shipping safety, toys and children’s products, and transport equipment.


Standards Organizations

Hong Kong and Macau do not have central standards bodies developing and issuing domestic standards. The Product Standards Information Bureau (PSIB), the Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) and the Standards and Calibration Laboratory (SCL) of the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) actively participate in standards and conformity assessment related international and regional activities.


PSIB represents Hong Kong in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC); HKAS actively participates in the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC), Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC), International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC); and SCL is a full member of the Asia Pacific Metrology Programme (APMP) and represents Hong Kong as an Associate of the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) of the Metre Convention.


In addition, the Customs and Excise Department is a Correspondent Member of the International Organisation of Legal Metrology (OIML) and a Member of the Asia Pacific Legal Metrology Forum (APLMF). The Office of Telecommunications Authority also sends its officers to attend meetings of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).


“Notify U.S.” Service of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, webbased e-mail subscription service that offers an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that can affect your access to international markets.


Conformity Assessment

A comprehensive range of conformity assessment services including testing, calibration, certification and inspection, are available in Hong Kong. The majority of such services are provided by the private sector. Competence is demonstrated through third party accreditation. The Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS), a government organization, provides accreditation for laboratories, certification bodies and inspection bodies. HKAS operates three accreditation schemes, Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS), Hong Kong Certification Body Accreditation Scheme (HKCAS) and Hong Kong Inspection Body Accreditation Scheme (HKIAS). HOKLAS was launched in 1985, HKCAS was launched in 1998, and HKIAS was launched in 1999. Participation in these schemes is voluntary. HKAS participates in a number of mutual recognition arrangements.


HKAS is advised by the Accreditation Advisory Board (AAB) on matters relating to accreditation. Chairman and members of AAB are appointed by the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development under the delegated authority of the Chief Executive. Working Parties and Task Forces are established under AAB to undertake specific tasks. HKAS has established a cadre of assessors and technical experts for carrying out assessments for each of the accreditation scheme.


HKAS is a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) and Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC).


Contact information for HKAS:

Hong Kong Accreditation Service

Quality Services Division

Innovation and Technology Commission

Address: 36/F, Immigration Tower

7 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 2829-4840


Fax: (852) 2824-1302


Publication of Technical Regulations

Technical regulations are proposed and passed by relevant government departments. There may or may not be public consultation before each regulation is passed.


Technical regulations are published in the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Gazette.



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Posted: 29 March 2010

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