Chinese GB Standards Testing

What is China GB standards testing?

China GB standards testing is essential to ensure any products retailed to China are compliant with the China GB standard regulations.

China GB (Guo Bio) standards are Chinese national standards issued by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), the Chinese National Committee of the ISO and IEC. Chinese standards may be either mandatory or voluntary. The standards can be identified as mandatory or voluntary by their prefix code: GB – Mandatory national standard, GB/T – Voluntary national standard and GB/Z – National standardization technical guide.

Mandatory China GB standards

Mandatory standards have the force of law as do other technical regulations in China. They are enforced by laws and administrative regulations and concern the protection of human health, personal property and safety.

Voluntary China GB standards

All standards that fall outside of the mandatory Chine GB standards characteristics are considered voluntary standards.

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Why carry out China GB standards testing?

The outcome of failing to comply with GB standards can include the rejection of products during importation as well as products being seized from stores, resulting in a significant impact on retailers and manufacturers in terms of reputation and cost.

The scope of China GB standards testing

China GB standards cover a vast range of consumer products, so by carrying out China GB standards testing with BLC, you are one step closer to product compliance.

There are product specific standards as well as material specific standards. Under these standards there are mandatory tests and requirements for chemicals, such as:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Azo dyes
  • Heavy metals

There are also mandatory tests and requirements for physical tests, including pH and colour fastness.

Why carry out China GB standards testing?

Any products being sold in China are required to be tested in order to ensure their compliance, failure to comply can result in the rejection of products during importation. Not complying with China GB standards can also result in products being seized from stores, leading to a significant impact on retailers and manufacturers in terms of reputation and cost.

What products need to be tested under GB standards?

GB standards cover a vast range of consumer products; there are product specific standards such as GB/T 2660-2008 for shirts and blouses as well as material specific standards like GB 18401-2010 for textiles and GB 20400-2006 for leather and fur.
Under these standards there are mandatory tests and requirements for chemicals such as formaldehyde, azo dyes and heavy metals as well as physical test requirements for pH and colour fastness.

How do I comply with GB Standards?

Companies doing business in China need to understand and be aware of the complexities and necessary requirements under the vast range of GB standards. Any products being sold in China are required to be tested in order to ensure their compliance.

Why choose BLC to conduct your China GB standards testing?

  • One of the fastest testing laboratories in Europe
  • Experts in chemical testing and compliance – over 95 years’ experience
  • Technical support and guidance if and when failures occur
  • Solutions to cleanse and reduce toxic chemicals from your supply chain
  • Expert advice and solutions on legislation and supply chain compliance
  • Access to chemical supply chain specifications

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