Following the meetings in China with the directors of the Guangdong Inspection and Quarantine Technology Center (IQTC) and the National Standardization Center of Food & Fermentation Industry (NSCFFI), the managers of these two bodies responded favourably to the invitation from the Director General of the OIV to attend the OIV's work meetings in March.
Dr Liu Qing, representing the Guangdong CIQ and the Vice-Director of the NSCFFI, Dr Zhong Qiding took an active part, particularly in the works of the Methods of Analysis Sub-commission. The works and standards of the OIV in the field of analysis and control are followed particularly closely in China and are the basis for the main Chinese standards for analysis.
This collaboration was even extended to these laboratories participating in inter-laboratory trials to validate the OIV methods.
It should be pointed out that even though the People's Republic of China is not an OIV Member State, collaborations undertaken with key Chinese institutions are providing a valuable insight into the work of the OIV along with its expertise and its recognition on vitivinicultural issues.
The IQTC and NSCFFI representatives stressed their interest in the OIV's work and the need for the exchange of information to continue.