Procedures and Requirements of Issuance of Class A and Class B Qualification Certificates for Plant Engineering Consulting Units
2009-05-27

I. Item Description:

Approval and Issuance of Class A and Class B Qualification Certificates for Plant Engineering Consulting Units

 

II. References:

1. Decision of the State Council on Establishing Administrative License for the Administrative Examination and Approval Items Really Necessary to Be Retained (Decree No.279 of the State Council of the People's Republic of China)

2. "Establishing a Plant Engineering Consulting System based on the responsibility system of project legal person" prescribed in the Chapter “Completion of Market Quality Rules and Perfection of Social Supervision Mechanism ” of the Quality Invigoration Programme issued by the State Council.

3. Measures for Qualification Administration of Plant Engineering Consulting Units (Decree No, 28, 2002 of the AQSIQ)

 

III. Permission Requirements

(1). Class A

1.  A technical leader of the unit shall be a relevant technical engineer who obtains an valid Qualification Certificate of Registered Plant Engineering Consultants;

2.  Professional technicians who obtain the valid Qualification Certificates of Registered Plant Engineering Consultants shall not be less than 30, and their specialties shall match the services which the unit provides;

3.  Essential facilities and equipment for the plant engineering consulting services shall be possessed;

4.  A complete and effective quality management system for plant engineering consultancy (which shall be in accordance with the provisions prescribed in the “Basic Requirements of Obtaining the Qualification of S111 Plant Engineering Consulting Units” which is described in the Circular on Printing and Issuing Documents Concerning Review of Plant Engineering Consulting and Application Form for Qualification Certificate of Plant Engineering Consulting Units (No, 406, 2003 of the AQSIQ)) is needed;

5.  The minimum registered capital shall be RMB 5 million Yuan;

6.  A fixed workplace is required; and

7.  Relevant achievements of plant engineering consulting services on the projects of the like equipment (that is relevant achievements of whole-process plant engineering projects (Class 1 plant engineering) described in the Article 7 of the Measures for Qualification Administration of Plant Engineering Consulting Units) are needed.

 

(2) Class B

1. A technical leader of the unit shall be a relevant technical engineer who obtains a valid Qualification Certificate of Registered Plant Engineering Consultants;

2.Professional technicians who obtain the valid Qualification Certificates of Registered Plant Engineering Consultants shall not be less than 10, and their specialties shall match the services which the unit provides;

3.  Essential facilities and equipment for the plant engineering consulting services shall be possessed;

4.  A complete and effective quality management system for plant engineering consultancy (which shall be in accordance with the provisions prescribed in the “Basic Requirements of Obtaining the Qualification of S111 Plant Engineering Consulting Units” which is described in the Circular on Printing and Issuing Documents Concerning Review of Plant Engineering Consulting and Application Form for Qualification Certificate of Plant Engineering Consulting Units (No, 406, 2003 of the AQSIQ)) is needed;

5.  The minimum registered capital shall be RMB 3 million Yuan;

6.  A fixed workplace is required; and

7.  Relevant achievements of plant engineering consulting services on the projects of the like equipment (that is relevant achievements of Class 2 plant engineering projects or special plant engineering projects or similar achievements such as design, manufacture, inspection, installation and debugging of the like plant engineering prescribed in the Article 7 of the Measures for Qualification Administration of Plant Engineering Consulting Units) are needed.

 

IV. Administrating Organ

Organs responsible for the administrative approval of the qualification of plant engineering consulting units are the AQSIQ and the National Development and Reform Commission (hereinafter referred to as the Development and Reform Commission), in addition, the AQSIQ is also responsible for the acceptance of applications.

 

V. Procedures of Examination and Approval

The AQSIQ entrusts relevant administrative departments of the State Council or bureaus of quality and technical supervision of the provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government with the acceptance of application for the Class B qualification of plant engineering consulting units, while the AQSIQ or the China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants entrusted by the AQSIQ is responsible for the acceptance of application for the Class A qualification of plant engineering consulting units. Moreover, the AQSIQ entrusts the China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants with the expert evaluation, while the approval is jointly carried out by the AQSIQ and the Development and Reform Commission.

1. Application

Following application materials shall be submitted for the application for the Class A or Class B qualification of plant engineering consulting units:

1) Application form for qualification of plant engineering consulting units (see the annex);

2)  The originals or duplicates of following certification documents shall also be submitted along with the application form:

(1) Documentary rules of the unit;

(2) The Business Registration Certificate;

(3) The quality control manual and the catalogue of program files;

(4) The statement of human resources of the unit, in which information about engineers obtaining valid Qualification Certificates of Registered Plant Engineering Consultants shall be especially indicated;

(5) Explanatory documents for applying for the professional range of the plant engineering consulting services;

(6) Documentary Specifications of facilities and equipment of the unit;

(7) The proof of registered capital;

(8) The proof of workplace; and

(9) Files about relevant achievements on plant engineering and their proof (records of relevant plant engineering projects);

For applying for the Class B qualification of plant engineering units, application materials shall be submitted to relevant administrative departments of the State Council or bureaus of quality and technical supervision of the provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government.


For applying for the Class A qualification of plant engineering units, application materials shall be submitted to the AQSIQ or the China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants entrusted by the AQSIQ.

 

2. Acceptance

The AQSIQ or the China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants entrusted by the AQSIQ or relevant administrative departments of the State Council or bureaus of quality and technical supervision of the provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government check the application materials and issue the Decision of the Acceptance of Administrative License of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine to applicants. Contents of the acceptance shall be informed of, and the required time for expert evaluation shall be notified in written form when an application is accepted. In case the application materials are incomplete or inconsistent with the statutory form, the Notice of Supplementation and Correction of Application Materials for Administrative License of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine shall be issued, and the materials and contents need to be supplemented and corrected shall be informed of all at once.

Relevant administrative departments of the State Council or bureaus of quality and technical supervision of the provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government shall inform the China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants of the acceptance situation by fax or in electronic document on the date of acceptance. After receiving the notification, the China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants shall contact the application unit and organize the expert evaluation.

The AQSIQ or the China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants entrusted by the AQSIQ will contact the application unit and organize the expert evaluation on the date of accepting the Class A application.

The standard Decision of the Acceptance of Administrative License of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine is as follows:

 

Decision of the Acceptance of Administrative License of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine

                                                                                                  (  )         Acceptance[      ]No. :

The application of a qualification certificate for plant engineering units and its materials submitted (or presented) by you are proven to be in conformity with the application requirements. In accordance with the provisions prescribed in the Item 5 of Subparagraph 1 of Article 32 of the Administrative License Law, we hereby determine to accept your application.

Annex: Registration Form of Application Materials

 

                                                                                                                                  Official Seal:

                                                                                                                             Day   Month   Year

 

Operator:                     Tel:

     

 

The standard Notice of Supplementation and Correction of Application Materials for Administrative License of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine is as follow:

Notice of Supplementation and Correction of Application Materials for Administrative License of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine

                                                                                           (  )       Supplementation[      ]No. :

The application materials submitted (or presented) by you for the qualification of being a plant engineering unit are proven to be incomplete (or inconsistent with the statutory form). In accordance with the provisions prescribed in the Subparagraph 3 or 4 of Article 32 of the Administrative License Law, please make following supplements and corrections:

For any consultation, please contact     , Tel:

                                                                                                                             Official Seal:

                                                                                                                         Day    Month     Year

 

3. Expert Evaluation

The China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants organizes experts to perform the expert evaluation according to the size of the application unit, its qualification class applied for and its professional range of the plant engineering consulting services. The evaluation involves documental review, on-the-spot examination and witness evaluation.

(1) Documental Review

The China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants organizes experts to check documents of the quality management system of the applicant in order to ensure such documents can meet provisions in the CAPEC-S111:2003 “Basic Requirements of Obtaining the Qualification of Plant Engineering Consulting Units”.

(2) On-the-spot Examination

The China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants organizes experts to carry out the on-the-spot examination in order to undertake overall evaluation on the professional management, capabilities of implementation and the effectiveness of operation of quality management system. 

(3) Witness Evaluation

The China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants organizes experts to carry out the witness evaluation on a chosen project of plant engineering consultation. The experts witness the unit’s capabilities of organization and implementation of the plant engineering consulting services through observation

(4) Evaluation Report

The evaluation report shall be formulated according to the results of documental review, on-the-spot examination witness evaluation and tracking evaluation. And the professional range of plant engineering consulting services shall be determined. In case the applicant cannot determine the witness project after the on-the-spot examination, the China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants will provide the interim report to the applicant. However, the witness evaluation shall be completed in one year; otherwise the applicant shall submit a new application for evaluation.

The China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants organizes a technical committee to perform the assessment based on materials such as the evaluation report, documents submitted by the applicant.. After the assessment, the conclusion shall be drawn when the evaluation is considered to be performed in accordance with the evaluation procedures, and the comments of experts are agreed by the China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants.

The China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants shall submit the report of qualification evaluation of plant engineering consulting units to the National Supervision and Administration Department of Plant Engineering Consultancy.

   

4. Approval and Promulgation

1) The AQSIQ will make a decision of approval together with the Development and Reform Commission within 20 days as of the date of acceptance.

2) The AQSIQ will issue the Qualification Certificate of Plant Engineering Consulting Units to the applicant within 10 working days as of the date of approval.

3) The AQSIQ will promulgate the decision of approval on its website http://www.aqsiq.gov.cn, the website of China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants: http://www.capec.cn(or org.cn、net.cn.com.cn)and relevant newspapers after making the decision. Contents of promulgation include the date of approval, qualification class of the plant engineering consulting unit and its professional range of plant engineering consulting services. 

 

VI. Working Periods of Acceptance, Evaluation and Approval

The acceptance and approval of application for qualification certificates for plant engineering consulting units shall be carried out in a specific time limit; similarly, the expert evaluation (including checking application materials, documental review, on-the-spot examination, witness evaluation and assessment by the professional technical committees) has also its specific requirements of working period. 

 

Table of Working Periods for the Acceptance, Evaluation and Approval of the Application

for Qualification Certificates for Plant Engineering Consulting Units

Item

Department or Unit

Working period

Acceptance of Application

Relevant administrative departments of the State Council or bureaus of quality and technical supervision of the provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government and the China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants

5 working days

Expert Evaluation

Documental Review

China Association of Plant Engineering Consultants

It shall be negotiated and determined according to the specific situation of the applicant, but the expert evaluation shall be completed within one year.

 

On-the-spot Examination

Witness Evaluation

Approval

The AQSIQ,

National Development and Reform Commission

 

20 working days

Issuance of Certificates

The AQSIQ

10 working days

 

VII. Fees

No fee shall be charged for the Application forms of qualification and qualification certificates, however, fees of the expert evaluation shall be changed in accordance with relevant provisions.

 

VIII. The Standard Application Form of Class A and Class B Qualification Certificates for Plant Engineering Consulting Units

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