The Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification was established on 17 September 2009 to drive the development of the industry, to raise its professional standards and to enhance the recognition of the industry in the international arena by building up a brand name for Hong Kong's testing and certification services. Members of the Council include practitioners from the industry, business sector, professional organisations as well as the relevant public bodies and government departments.

The establishment of the Council, being a milestone in the development of the testing and certification industry, demonstrates the staunch support from the Government for the sustained growth of this sector. The secretariat support to the Council is provided by the Innovation and Technology Commission.

Having formulated a three-year market-oriented industry development plan, the Council submitted a Report to the Chief Executive in March 2010. Government accepted all the recommendations and worked closely with the Council in implementing the recommendations. After reviewing the implementation progress of the development plan, the Council submitted a Review Report to the Chief Executive. The recommendations therein were accepted by the Government. The Council continues to work with stakeholders with a view to realising its vision for Hong Kong to develop into a testing and certification hub in the region.

Strength of Hong Kong

From a wider perspective, the testing and certification industry has also contributed to the development of Hong Kong as a business services centre.

Coupled with other advantages including a sound legal system, a business-friendly environment and world class infrastructure, the availability of credible testing and certification services has enhanced attraction for multinational companies to set up buying offices and even regional headquarters in Hong Kong.

Good IP protection

The high level of integrity and credibility of the Hong Kong society as a whole give confidence to users of the local testing and certification industry. Hong Kong’s good intellectual property protection also helps attract business, as companies will prefer to conduct tests of prototypes of new products in Hong Kong to avoid replicas of the new products.

Good logistics

Hong Kong’s good logistics support, port facilities and transportation together with the fact that it is a free port facilitate easy transport of samples to Hong Kong for testing. Its good telecommunications infrastructure also allows fast communication of testing results to overseas buyers of products. Hong Kong’s language capability in English and Chinese, including Putonghua, allows the local testing and certification industry to communicate easily with manufacturers in the Mainland and overseas buyers.

Robust accreditation system

Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) rigorously carries out assessment and implements applicable standards. Its assessments are carried out by highly capable assessors, among the best of its kind in the world. Because of the high standard maintained by HKAS, its accreditation is valued by users of testing and certification services all over the world.

Widely recognised system

HKAS has concluded mutual recognition arrangements with over 70 accreditation bodies in about 60 economies, including all of Hong Kong’s major trading partners. Such arrangement greatly facilitates the acceptance of the results of accredited establishments in Hong Kong’s testing and certification industry.

High technical competence

The industry generally has high technical competence, in particular for testing of textile and toys which Hong Kong is in a leading role. With its technical capability, the industry can set up and provide new types of services quickly in response to market needs.

High professional integrity

The good business ethics of establishments in the testing and certification industry in Hong Kong and the high professional integrity of their staff are competitive edge that Hong Kong enjoys.