THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 68/2006/QH11
Hanoi, June 29, 2006
LAW
ON STANDARDS AND TECHNICAL REGULATIONS
Pursuant to the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, which was amended and supplemented under December 25, 2001 Resolution No. 51/2001/QH10 of the Xth National Assembly, the 10th session;
This Law provides for standards and technical regulations.
Chapter I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1.- Scope of regulation
This Law provides for the formulation, announcement and application of standards; the formulation, promulgation and application of technical regulations; and the assessment of conformity with standards and technical regulations.
Article 2.- Subjects of application
This Law applies to Vietnamese and foreign organizations and individuals and overseas Vietnamese carrying out activities related to standards and technical regulations in Vietnam.
Article 3.- Interpretation of terms
In this Law, the terms below are construed as follows:
1. Standard means regulation on technical characteristics and management requirements used as standard for classifying and appraising products, goods, services, processes, the environment and other objects in socio-economic activities with a view to improving the quality and effectiveness of these objects.
A standard shall be published in a written form by an organization for voluntary application.
2. Technical regulation means regulation on the limits of technical characteristics and management requirements which products, goods, services, processes, the environment and other objects in socio-economic activities must comply with in order to ensure safety, hygiene and human health; to protect animals, plants and the environment; to safeguard national interests and security, consumer interests and other essential requirements.
A technical regulation shall be promulgated in a written form by a competent state agency for mandatory application.
3. Activities in the domain of standard means formulation, announcement and application of standards and assessment of conformity with standards.
4. Activities in the domain of technical regulation means formulation, promulgation and application of technical regulations and assessment of conformity with technical regulations.
5. Conformity assessment means determination as to whether objects of activities in the domain of standard or objects of activities in the domain of technical regulation are conformable with technical characteristics and management requirements in relevant standards or technical regulations.
Conformity assessment covers testing, calibration, inspection and certification of standard or technical regulation conformity; announcement of standard or technical regulation conformity; and accreditation of the capacity of testing laboratories, calibration laboratories, conformity certification organizations and inspection organizations.
6. Certification of standard conformity means certification that objects of activities in the domain of standard conform with relevant standards.
7. Certification of technical regulation conformity means certification that objects of activities in the domain of technical regulation conform with relevant technical regulations.
8. Announcement of standard conformity means announcement by an organization or individual of the conformity of objects of activities in the domain of standard with relevant standards.
9. Announcement of technical regulation conformity means announcement by an organization or individual of the conformity of objects of activities in the domain of technical regulation with relevant technical regulations.
10. Accreditation means certification that a testing laboratory, calibration laboratory, conformity certification organization or inspection organization has the capacity conformable with relevant standards.
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