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China's new national green product standard for coatings, released last December, came into force on 1 July.
It was issued with 12 other such standards that mainly cover construction materials, such as:
  • wood-based panels and wooden floors;
  • ceramic tiles; and
  • construction glass.
The standards aim to create a unified system for assessing green products.
A green product is defined under the standard as a "high-quality product that is harmless or less harmful for ecological environment and human health, less resource and energy-consuming and meets environmental protection requirements in the total lifecycle".
The standards are issued by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and Standardisation Administration of the People's Republic of China (SAC).
 
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