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STC Laboratory Open Day: Medical Device Testing
17 Aug 2018

On August 17, 2018, STC, together with Shenzhen Search Material Network Technology Co, Ltd, and Shenzhen Joyantech Consulting Co.Ltd. successfully held an open day on Medical Device Testing facility at STC’s (Dongguan) testing laboratory with over 120 attendees representing medical device manufacturers from all over the country.


During the event, Mr. Jonathan Tang, the Director of STC Medical Device Testing & Development, Mr. Sky Yan, Technical Manager of STC Chemical, Food & Pharmaceutical Division, and special guests from Shenzhen Joyantech Consulting Co. Ltd, Ms. Xusha and Ms.You Xiaoyao, gave detailed explanations on how to improve the biology evaluation and material safety testing of medical polymer products.


Q & A sessions and laboratory tours were given to allow attendees to communicate with laboratory experts first hand and answer any questions they might have regarding laboratory testing processes and the latest medical deviceregulations and requirements.


Established in 2005, STC (Dongguan) is an independent, third-party product testing, inspection and certification body approved by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ). Since 2012, STC has become the first designated testing laboratory in Hong Kong to provide CCC testing service to local manufacturers and importers. In 2014, STC (Dongguan) became one of the first few non-governmental laboratories in China authorized to undertake CCC testing for electric, plastic, metal, projectile and doll toys. In 2015, STC invested in a new animal laboratory in Dognguan and began to provide a full range of biocompatibility testing services for medical device manufacturers at home and abroad. Over the years, STC (Dongguan) has received worldwide accreditation including China Metrology Accreditation (CMA), China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS), US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Govmark Testing Services, Industry Canada, Lucideon, SATRA Technology Centre, DAkkS, Nemko, etc., as well as being a CB Testing Laboratory (CBTL) under the IECEE-CB Scheme, earning STC a leading position in the testing industry in southern China.


About STC


STC (Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre) was established in 1963 as Hong Kong’s first independent and not-for-profit testing,inspection and certification organization.  STC provides a wide range of professional conformity assessment services, covering toys, children’s products, textiles, apparel, footwear, furniture, electrical and electronic products, medical devices,food, chemical and pharmaceutical products.  STC’s headquartered is located in Hong Kong, and has testing laboratories and offices in mainland China, Vietnam, Japan, Germany, Italy and the United States.For more information about STC, please visit www.stc.group.


Media Enquiry:


Kevin Wang                                           Tel: +86 769 8111 9888 (ext.8633)                              Email: kevinwang@stc.group

STC Vietnam Successfully Expanded its VILAS Testing Scope for Toys and Children's Products
18 Jul 2018
In reference to the Certificate No. 1001 released by the Bureau of Accreditation (BoA) of the Ministry of Science and Technology in Vietnam, we are delighted to announce that STC (Vietnam) Company Limited has successfully been registered under the Vietnam Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (VILAS) complying with ISO/IEC 17025. Our laboratory in Ho Chi Minh City has extended its service capabilities to include testing for toys and children’s products.

As an accredited VILAS testing laboratory, STC offers professional one-stop service for both detection and analysis of toys and children’s products in compliance with ASTM F963 and CPSIA in the United States, EN 71 in the European Union as well as the Toy Safety Standard (ST Standard) in Japan.

According to Professor Richard Fung, Chief Executive of STC, “STC is committed to expanding its service scope and operating network in the global market. Our state-of-the-art testing facilities help customers improve product quality and competitiveness. With more than 55 years of professional experience and connections with various international accreditation bodies, STC strives to provide the highest quality and one-stop services to manufacturers, from testing and inspection to certification and technical consultation.”

About STC

Founded in 1963, STC (Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre) is the first independent, not-for-profit testing, certification and inspection organization in Hong Kong. Over the years, our comprehensive conformity assessment services have evolved to cover a wide range of products including toys, children’s products, textile, garment, footwear, furniture, electrical and electronic products, medical devices, food, chemical and pharmaceutical products. STC is headquartered in Hong Kong, with testing laboratories and offices in Mainland China, Vietnam, Japan, United States, Germany and Italy, we will continue to expand our global presence.

For more information on STC and STC (Vietnam), please visit www.stc.group

Media Enquiry:
Ms. Tuyen Pham (Tel) +84 28 5448 2080 (Email) tuyenpham@stc.group
Ms. Fancilia Lung (Tel) +852 2666 1813 (Email) fancilialung@stc.group
STC Webinar: China Compulsory Certification (CCC) for Toys and Electronics
23 May 2018
STC Webinar: China Compulsory Certification (CCC) for Toys and Electronics:

Date: July 17, 2018
Time: 12nn-1pm, EDT
Registration: :
Please click here

Event Details:
The webinar will open your door to the China market by introducing the requirements and application procedures for China Compulsory Certification (CCC).

Description:
To import, trade and sell toy and electronic products in China, it is mandatory for all manufacturers, traders and retailers to ensure their products are certified in accordance with CCC requirements.

As the FIRST non-governmental lab in China approved for CCC testing, STC is the professional in the field, able to guide you into the China market.

Audience:
Anyone in the toy and electronics industry wishing to step into the China market including
• Compliance officers and their staff
• Designers of products intended for sale in China
• Production managers responsible for Chinese factories

Highlights of this webinar:
• Understand the current products that require a CCC
• Legal requirements of CCC
• How to prepare for the application process
• What you need to do to comply and how to avoid unnecessary delays and failures

Speaker:
Norman Aronowitz
Director of North America
STC

With over 30 years’ experience in the Toy, Sporting Goods and Juvenile products industries Mr. Aronowitz is spearheading the expansion of STC services in North America for testing, Inspections and customer service for all consumer product certifications for North American companies and their manufacturing facilities worldwide.

About STC:
STC is the first independent, not-for-profit testing, inspection and certification organization in Hong Kong. Since its establishment in 1963, STC has been dedicated to providing professional, reliable and comprehensive testing and inspection services, and issuing the highest quality reports to ensure compliance with relevant technical and safety requirements while keeping pace with the development of trade and industry.
2018 Product Safety Carnival cum Hong Kong Safety Mark and “STC tested” Mark Certificate Award Ceremony
18 May 2018
STC Chairman Tom Tang and Secretary for Transport and Housing, Frank Chan, join celebrity guest Maria Cordero to promote product safety

STC (Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre), the first not-for-profit testing, inspection and certification organization established in Hong Kong, held the latest annual Product Safety Carnival cum Hong Kong Safety Mark and “STC tested” Mark Certificate Award Ceremony today at Domain Mall in Yau Tong. This year’s Ceremony was officiated by Secretary for Transport and Housing, Mr. Frank Chan, JP, who presented Hong Kong Safety Mark and "STC tested" Mark certificates to a number of notable enterprises.

Chairman of STC, Tom Tang, JP, announced the appointment of popular entertainer Maria Cordero as this year's Product Safety Ambassador. In addition to sharing tips of being a smart consumer, she effortlessly brought cheers to the guests and audiences with her amazing performance of a couple of classic numbers.

Aside from awarding certificates, the Ceremony was the highlight of a 3-day event that brought businesses and consumers together with sales booths offering certified products. In a bid to make product safety education more enjoyable, the event also featured a free photo booth offering a variety of funny props, in addition to a game booth manned by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD).

With a history of more than 50 years, STC, as a not-for-profit, independent testing and inspection organization, spares no effort in promoting the importance of product safety to different levels of the community and enhancing the development of the testing and inspection industry. Over the years, STC has been upholding the safety standards of food and household products by launching various product certification programmes in line with the latest safety standards such as Hong Kong Safety Mark and “STC tested” Mark. STC has expanded its certification services by launching the Hong Kong Excellent Service Certificate Mark, which helps citizens to identify customer-friendly merchants; STC’s Hong Kong ECO Mark and Made in Hong Kong Certification Scheme also aim at protecting consumer rights in multiple areas.

Tang stressed that STC would continue to collaborate with the Government and the Industrial sector to protect the interests of consumers by upholding the high standards of product and food safety in Hong Kong, creating through the various STC certification programmes a quality living environment.
STC Webinar: China Compulsory Certification (CCC) for Toys and Electronics
14 Feb 2018
STC Webinar: China Compulsory Certification (CCC) for Toys and Electronics

Date: April 4, 2018
Time: 12nn-1pm, EDT
Registration:
Please click here

Event Details
The webinar will open your door to the China market by introducing the requirements and application procedures for China Compulsory Certification (CCC).

Description:
To import, trade and sell toy and electronic products in China, it is mandatory for all manufacturers, traders and retailers to ensure their products are certified in accordance with CCC requirements.

As the FIRST non-governmental lab in China approved for CCC testing, STC is the professional in the field, able to guide you into the China market.

Audience:
Anyone in the toy and electronics industry wishing to step into the China market including
• Compliance officers and their staff
• Designers of products intended for sale in China
• Production managers responsible for Chinese factories

Highlights of this webinar
• Understand the current products that require a CCC
• Legal requirements of CCC
• How to prepare for the application process
• What you need to do to comply and how to avoid unnecessary delays and failures

Speaker:

Norman Aronowitz
Director of North America
STC

With over 30 years’ experience in the Toy, Sporting Goods and Juvenile products industries Mr. Aronowitz is spearheading the expansion of STC services in North America for testing, Inspections and customer service for all consumer product certifications for North American companies and their manufacturing facilities worldwide.

About STC

STC is the first independent, not-for-profit testing, inspection and certification organization in Hong Kong. Since its establishment in 1963, STC has been dedicated to providing professional, reliable and comprehensive testing and inspection services, and issuing the highest quality reports to ensure compliance with relevant technical and safety requirements while keeping pace with the development of trade and industry.
WPI’s Interactive Qualifying Project on Halal Certification supported by STC
08 Jan 2018
As one of the sponsors in Asia Pacific for the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) offered by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute WPI) in the United States, we are pleased to commence the year of 2018 by welcoming four students from WPI, Mr. Zubillaga, Ambrose, Rose and Ms. Rivas, for kick-starting a research project on Halal Certification.

The IQP is one of the most distinctive elements of the WPI Plan and WPI’s signature project-based curriculum, giving every WPI student the experience of working in interdisciplinary teams to solve a problem or need that lies at the intersection of science and society. STC has been embracing corporate social responsibility for its actions towards the community especially for the ethnic minorities in the territory. It is indeed our privilege to support the research project titled “Halal Demand in Hong Kong” so as to investigate the availability of Halal products and importance of certification for the benefit of the ethnic minorities.”

Ms. Candy Chan, Senior Manager of STC's Chemical, Food and Pharmaceutical Products Division, complimented these young adults on their passions for the project.

“They have been immersing themselves into the Halal community, as far as I know, by patronizing Halal diners, visiting mosques for prayers and joining parties with local Indonesian workers. We are looking forward to the outcome of their project, as well as recommendations to improve Muslims community’s access to Halal consumer products.” said Chan.
STC Webinar: China Compulsory Certification (CCC) for Toys – Requirements and Application Procedures
06 Oct 2017
STC Webinar: China Compulsory Certification (CCC) for Toys – Requirements and Application Procedures

Date: 26th October, 2017
Time: 12-1pm, EDT
Registration:
Please click here

Event Details
The webinar will open your door to the China market by introducing the requirements and application procedures for China Compulsory Certification (CCC).

Audience:
Anyone in the toy industry wishing to step into the China market.

Description:
To import, trade and sell toy products in China, it is mandatory for all manufacturers, traders and retailers to ensure their products are certified in accordance with CCC requirements.

Highlights of this webinar
• Legal requirements of CCC
• How to prepare for the application process
• What you need to do to comply and how to avoid unnecessary delays and failures

As the FIRST non-governmental lab in China approved for CCC toys testing, STC is the professional in the field, able to guide you into the China market.

Speaker:

Norman Aronowitz
Director of North America
STC

With over 30 years’ experience in the Toy, Sporting Goods and Juvenile products industries Mr. Aronowitz is spearheading the expansion of STC services in North America for testing, Inspections and customer service for all consumer product certifications for North American companies and their manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Keith Yung
Director of Toys, Electrical and Children’s Products Group
STC

Overseeing the operations and technical development of STC toys, electrical and children’s products testing division in Hong Kong, China, Asia, EU and the USA, Keith has over 20 year experience in the testing industry. Since 2005, Keith has been a member of the China National Technical Committee of Standardization for Toys and involved in the research, establishment, revision and supervision of China National Standards. STC is one of the world’s leading conformity assessment organizations recognized for providing one-stop global toy safety testing and certification service, including CCC, CPSIA, CE, ST and others.

About STC

STC is the first independent, not-for-profit testing, inspection and certification organization in Hong Kong. Since its establishment in 1963, STC has been dedicated to providing professional, reliable and comprehensive testing and inspection services, and issuing the highest quality reports to ensure compliance with relevant technical and safety requirements while keeping pace with the development of trade and industry.
What are PFCs? How STC (Vietnam) work together with Adidas Group to introduce Adidas’s new PFC-free policy to the supply chain in Vietnam?
17 Mar 2017
Per and Polyfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) are widely used in products of everyday life such as textiles, clothing and food contact materials for their better water and stain resistance. However, PFCs are very difficult to be decomposed and may impose potential health threats to human.

For help protecting the environment, Adidas Group has committed to phase out PFCs in 99% products sold, including Adidas Golf, Reebok, Five Ten, CCM, and licensees, by December 31, 2017. To meet this goal, suppliers of Adidas have to ensure their products’ compliance with the newly established requirement by conducting Fluorine test in qualified laboratories.

As an international not-for-profit organization specialized in testing, inspection and certification aiming to support global buyers and suppliers in quality management, STC(Vietnam) – a subsidiary of STC Group (Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre), was in cooperation with Adidas Vietnam License office to host the seminar “Compliance Requirement: PFCs Policy” exclusive for Adidas suppliers on 10th March, 2017. During the Q&A session, a lot of questions related to PFCs’ definition as well as other requirements following Adidas compliance policy were raised by T1 and T2 suppliers, showing us the great interest this topic has generated to our audience.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact Ms. Candy Chan (candychan@stc.group) in Hong Kong or Ms. Tuyen Pham (tuyenpham@stc.group) in Vietnam for further information.
Acquisition of Benchmark Laboratories LLC - STC’s expansion initiative in North America
24 Feb 2017
Hong Kong (23rd February, 2017) – STC today announced the acquisition of Benchmark Laboratories LLC, in New Jersey (‘Benchmark’). With over 16 years of experience in the testing and certification industry, Benchmark is accredited to ISO 17025 and accepted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Post acquisition, Benchmark will become a wholly owned subsidiary of STC while continuing to operate as an independent business unit.

“The acquisition of the Benchmark Laboratories marks an important milestone in STC’s history. This expansion will further strengthen our service capabilities and commitment to the North American market. With our network spanning the globe, I am sure that STC will continue to develop and excel, better serving customers, especially for the toys, children’s products and textile industries in the US,” commented Richard Fung, Chief Executive of STC.

“We see significant potential in the US market. With the acquisition of Benchmark, STC (USA) is now STC’s Regional Headquarters in North America, providing local technical consultancy and customer services. This complements our current service network in Europe, Southeast Asia and Mainland China providing comprehensive support to the global supply chain,” Fung added. “We will also keep expanding our scope of services to meet the growing demand for professional conformity services in the United States as well as other countries around the world. ”


About STC
STC (Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre) was found in 1963 as the first not-for-profit testing, certification and inspection organization in the region. STC provides a wide range of professional conformity assessment services, covering toys, children’s products, textile, garment, footwear, furniture, electrical and electronic products, medical devices, food, chemical and pharmaceutical products. STC is headquartered in Hong Kong, with testing laboratories and offices in mainland China, Vietnam, Japan, Germany, Italy and the United States.


Media Contact
Ms. Cynthia Ho
Marketing Communications Manager
Tel: +852 2667 2631
Fax: +852 2661 3181
E-Mail: cynthiaho@stc.group