China's Certification and Accreditation Administration (CAA) has named four organisations to conduct certification and testing of WLan (wireless Lan) products to ensure they comply with the country's national standard.
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Last year, the Standardisation Administration of China approved a mandatory Chinese WLan standard, called GB15629.11-2003, which is similar to the IEEE 802.11 standard (Wi-Fi), but the GB15629.11-2003 uses a different security protocol, called WAPI (WLan Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure).
The Chinese WLan standard took effect on 1 December, but a transition period has been granted for some WLan products until 1 June.
Companies that want to sell WLan gear which complies with the Chinese standard must licence the WAPI technology through co-production agreements with one of around 20 companies which have been granted the rights to the technology.
In addition to the co-production agreements, suppliers must have products tested and certified by one of the organisations named by CAA to guarantee compliance.
Three organisations have been authorised to conduct certification and testing for WLan equipment: the China Quality Accreditation Centre; the China Certification Centre for Electromagnetic Compatibility and the Certification Centre of China Electronics Standardisation Institute. The National Synchrotron Radiation Research Centre has been authorised to conduct testing of WLan gear.
These organisations will be in charge of conducting and evaluating equipment tests and will be responsible for granting certificates to suppliers for WLan equipment that passes the evaluation process.
Written by Computerworld China staff