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issue: October 2005 APPLIANCE Magazine

China Report
China Implements Appliance Noise Standard


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by Viloet Han, China Correspondent, APPLIANCE Magazine

A new appliance noise standard, Noise Limit Value for Household and Similar Electrical Appliances, went into effect in China on August 1, 2005. Designated China National Standard GB4214.1, the standard was issued jointly by the China Quality Surveillance Examination Quarantine Bureau and the National Standardization Management Committee.

The first phase of the standard impacts refrigerators, air-conditioners, clothes washers, microwave ovens, kitchen ventilation hoods, and fans. The standard calls for appliance manufacturers to mark the noise value on the product label or instruction booklet. Products that exceed the noise limit will not be allowed on the market, and China intends for products already on the market to be compulsorily withdrawn.

China has had ongoing appliance noise issues for years, but they were never addressed because of the lack of a noise standard. Lu Jianguo, senior engineer, China Domestic Appliances Research Institute, participated in developing the standard and says the new noise standard has three aims. The first is to standardize the market and provide consumers with guidance.

The second aim of the standard is to control imports of appliances that do not meet noise regulations. Specifically, low-end products and secondhand appliances have been imported to China that could not previously be rejected for noise problems due to a lack of a standard.

A third aim of the standard is to spur an increase in the technical level of Chinese appliances by causing appliance makers to address relevant technical issues. For example, establishing a kitchen ventilation hood noise limit value will require makers to take airflow into consideration and advance their technology to achieve it.

Some Chinese appliance industry insiders believe the government may start checking products on the market in the next several months.

Washing machine wash cycle noise limit: 62 dBA; washing machine spin cycle noise limit: 72 dBA; microwave oven noise limit: 68 dBA.

Some Chinese appliance industry insiders believe the government may start checking products on the market in the next several months.

Washing machine wash cycle noise limit: 62 dBA; washing machine spin cycle noise limit: 72 dBA; microwave oven noise limit: 68 dBA.

 

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