Ministry of Industry and Information Technology: Interpretation of “Standard Conditions for the Printing and Dyeing Industry (2023 Edition)” and “Management Measures for Announcements of Standardization in Printing and Dyeing Enterprises”

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Recently, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released the 'Standard Conditions for the Printing and Dyeing Industry (2023 Edition)' and the 'Management Measures for Announcements of Standardization in Printing and Dyeing Enterprises' (hereinafter referred to as the 'Standard Conditions'). The interpretation of the relevant content is provided below.

I. Background and Significance of Revising and Releasing the 'Standard Conditions'

Printing and dyeing constitute a crucial and core link in the textile industry chain, providing essential technological support for high value-added clothing fabrics, household textiles, industrial textiles, and more. China is the world's largest producer, exporter, and consumer of printing and dyeing products, accounting for approximately 60% of global production capacity.

Since the implementation of the 'Standard Conditions for the Printing and Dyeing Industry (2017 Edition),' printing and dyeing enterprises have generally achieved park-based and intensive development. Intelligent and green equipment, such as online detection and automatic control devices, has been widely applied. The storage of chemicals is standardized, and the on-site management level in workshops has significantly improved. The industry's overall development has seen substantial progress, with water reuse rates generally exceeding 40%. However, with the widespread adoption of new equipment and processes, some requirements in the 'Standard Conditions for the Printing and Dyeing Industry (2017 Edition)' no longer meet the market's development needs. The revision of the 'Standard Conditions' this time is crucial for further guiding the printing and dyeing industry towards a technologically advanced, resource-efficient, and environmentally friendly transformation, consolidating its international leading position, and ensuring the safety, stability, and sustainable development of the textile industry supply chain.

II. Revision of the 'Standard Conditions'

To maintain policy continuity and stability, this revision is primarily based on the structure of the 2017 edition, focusing on three aspects. First, it reflects the requirements for the transformation, upgrading, and development of the printing and dyeing industry in the new development stage, emphasizing policy coordination and guidance. Second, based on the actual production of the industry and enterprises, modifications were made to the technical content or higher requirements were proposed for technical indicators. Third, the nature and role of the 'Standard Conditions' were clarified, and certain expression content was revised to be more standardized and precise.

III. Main Contents of the 'Standard Conditions'

The 'Standard Conditions' outlines requirements for the standardized development of enterprises in eight aspects, including enterprise layout, process equipment, quality management, resource consumption, environmental protection, safety production, social responsibility, and standard management. The 'Supplementary Provisions' section provides explanations regarding applicable conditions.

(1)Layout Requirements

Enterprises are required to comply with regional land use master plans, urban master plans, environmental protection plans, and ecological environmental zoning control requirements. New printing and dyeing projects should be concentrated in industrial parks, adhering to the overall plans of the parks, industrial development plans, environmental impact assessments, and implementing centralized heating and pollution treatment.

(2)Process Equipment Requirements

Based on the main production processes, the 'Standard Conditions' stipulate the technological conditions that enterprises should meet and the technical levels that major equipment should reach. Encouragement is given for the adoption of advanced, green, and low-carbon process equipment, consideration is given to the enhancement of the level of application of digital and intelligent equipment, and requirements for major process equipment such as dye and auxiliary automatic batching and conveying systems, setting machines, and coating machines are strictly defined.

(3)Quality Management Requirements

The 'Standard Conditions' specify that enterprises should develop green products, encourage laboratory accreditation, and construct technology centers. Three-level energy and water metering management should be implemented, special supervision should be set up, and a management assessment system and data statistics system should be established. Sound enterprise management systems, enhanced production site management, and maintaining clean and tidy workshops are also stipulated. Standardized storage and use of chemicals, as well as the establishment of a chemical green supply chain control system, are required.

(4)Resource Consumption Requirements

Considering the industry's development and the requirements of green development, comprehensive energy consumption, fresh water intake, and water reuse rates are stipulated for different types of printing and dyeing processing units, and conversion standards are provided.

(5)Environmental Protection Requirements

The 'Standard Conditions' mandate that enterprises should apply for pollutant discharge permits in accordance with the law and discharge pollutants according to the permits. Enterprises should have a sound environmental management organization, conduct energy audits and clean production audits, and pass inspections. Emissions and noise from the treatment of 'three wastes' should meet the requirements of environmental protection departments. Strict implementation of the new chemical substance environmental management registration system and adherence to the requirements of the 'List of Key Controlled New Pollutants' are also specified.

(6)Safety Production Requirements

Enterprises are required to strictly comply with relevant national laws and regulations, implement national standards or industry standards to ensure production safety, establish sound safety production systems and emergency plans, legally implement measures for preventing and controlling occupational hazards, and construct safety production facilities.

(7)Social Responsibility Requirements

The 'Standard Conditions' specify that enterprises should comply with relevant laws and regulations, safeguard the labor rights and health and safety of employees, and encourage enterprises to establish a social responsibility management system for textile and garment enterprises (CSC9000T). Enterprises are encouraged to proactively disclose information on social responsibility and sustainable development in accordance with relevant regulations and management requirements.

(8)Standard Management Requirements

Responsibilities of industrial and information technology competent authorities at all levels regarding the implementation and supervision of the 'Standard Conditions' are stipulated, and the role of industry associations in promoting the implementation of the 'Standard Conditions' is clarified.

IV. How to Promote the Implementation of the 'Standard Conditions' in the Next Steps

After the issuance of the 'Standard Conditions,' the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will organize promotional and interpretative work, guiding enterprises to benchmark advanced standards, accelerate transformation and upgrading, and promote the construction of a green manufacturing system. Simultaneously, in conjunction with the 'Management Measures for Announcements of Standardization in Printing and Dyeing Enterprises,' the standardization of enterprise announcements will be carried out. Regular reviews will be conducted, guiding industry self-discipline, and promoting the high-end, intelligent, and green development of printing and dyeing enterprises.

Source: Ministry of Industry and Information Technology