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LGC and China Association for Standardisation sign Memorandum of Understanding

01 Sep 2010

LGC and CAS announce plans to collaborate on distribution of Chinese industrial reference materials and food safety testing services in China

LGC, an international science-based company and recognised leader in chemical and bioanalytical services and reference materials, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China Association for Standardisation (CAS) to collaborate on a number of future projects and business initiatives in the area of analytical reference materials / quality control materials and food safety testing in China.

In 2009 LGC opened an office in Beijing, signalling a milestone in the company’s development and heralding discussions with government departments and private companies in China to collaborate on a range of business areas.

Through the Beijing office, LGC is now promoting a wide range of proficiency testing schemes, including bespoke schemes, as well as our portfolio of European reference materials covering chemical, pharmaceutical, clinical, forensic, food, environmental, industrial and biological standards.

The LGC-CAS collaboration will initially focus on distribution opportunities for industrial reference materials made in China for European and other international markets and for a specific range of European reference materials for the Chinese market. In addition, both parties will work together on initiating food safety testing services in China.

The MOU was signed on 12 August in Beijing by David Richardson, LGC’s Chief Executive, and Ma Lincong, Secretary-General, China Association for Standardisation, AQSIQ.

Commenting on the announcement, LGC’s Chief Executive David Richardson said: “It’s a great pleasure to have signed this agreement with CAS and we look forward to working with Mr Ma and his colleagues at CAS. LGC is keen to identify new market opportunities in China and to market Chinese reference materials and specialty reagents using our worldwide network of sales offices”.

Mr Ma, Secretary-General of CAS, added:  “The signing of this MOU will help China’s domestic reference material users to gain easier access to LGC products, and will help step up the sale of our domestic RM products outside China. This two-way benefit will lead to faster development of the RM sector."

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About LGC Standards

LGC Standards provides products and services to improve measurement and quality control within the laboratory, and is part of LGC, whose Science & Technology Division acts as the UK National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurements. LGC Standards supplies over 20,000 reference materials, pharmaceutical impurity reference standards, proficiency testing and training in analytical quality. LGC Standards is headquartered in Teddington, Middlesex, UK. Its global centre for excellence in proficiency testing is located in Bury (Greater Manchester). LGC Standards has offices in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, China, Russia and the UK, a joint venture presence in India, and representatives in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, Turkey and the US.

About CAS

China Association for Standardisation (CAS) (http://china-cas.org) was founded in 1978 and consists of organisations and individuals engaged in standardisation across a broad range of interests including: academic research, standards development dissemination and education, training, technology exchanges, publishing, consultation and international communication. A public sector body with approval from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, CAS operates under the auspices of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) and is a key member of the China Association for Science & Technology.