Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China (SAC) was established in April 2001 and authorized by the State Council to exercise administrative responsibilities by undertaking unified management, supervision and overall coordination of standardization works in China.
SAC represents China to join the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and other international and regional standardization organizations; SAC is responsible for organizing the activities of Chinese National Committee for ISO and IEC; SAC approves and organizes the implementation of international cooperation and exchanging projects on standardization.
Main Responsibilities of SAC
National Technical Committee 4 on Information and Documentation of Standardization Administration of China （SAC/TC4）is a China national technical committee responsible for the administrative affairs of the technical standardization on information and documentation under the responsibility of the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) which, working on the development, revision, management and popularization the China national standards in information and documentation sector.
The technical committee was established in 1979, and its secretariat set up in the Institute of Science and Technical Information of China (ISTIC), a directly affiliated institution under the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MOST). It is also the participant country member of the ISO/TC46 “Information and Documentation” which scope correspondence to ISO/TC46, including the standardization of information and documentation in industrial areas of libraries, information centers, publishing, archives, museums etc. in China.
Over the past 30 years, more than 60 national standards developed within the technical committee mainly covering terminology and knowledge system, character transliteration, identification and description of information and documentation, metadata, technical interoperation, statistics and performance evaluation of libraries, records/archives management, formulating preliminarily national standard system throughout the life cycle of information and documentation from creation, process, revelation, preservation to management and service of information resources.