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Fang Xiang appointed Director of NIM

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) official announced on August 4 that Mr. Fang Xiang has been appointed Director of National Institute of Metrology, China (NIM) in an executive meeting. Mr. Zhang Yukuan, after successfully fulfilling his 7-year term as Director of NIM, has retired since then.

AQSIQ Vice-Minister Wu Qinghai addressed the meeting. In representative of AQSIQ, he fully affirmed the contribution and important work of Mr. Zhang Yukuan in support of China’s measurement science and development of quality control system, and placed complete faith in Mr. Fang Xiang taking over the tasks.

“Under the leadership of Mr. Fang Xiang, NIM should strive to open up new opportunities for further development on the basis of the past achievement”, requested Wu Qinghai, “The Board of Directors should stick to improving their management while reinforcing constructing and uniting a high-level personnel, rejuvenating the institute through strengthening scientific research and world-wide cooperation. ”

Mr. Fang Xiang made an inaugural address during the meeting. “I am very honored,” said Mr. Fang, “and am clearly aware of the responsibilities and missions on my shoulder.” Regarding the future development, he stated his three working principles: appropriately indentifying the developing directions to further improve NIM’s research and supporting capability; earnestly fulfilling the duties as “servant” of the staff, “athlete” of the technological development and “goalkeeper” of the nation’s resources; working with a modest, diligent and honest manner.


Mr. Fang Xiang received his bachelor degree in Applied Geophysics from Changchun College of Geology. He joined the former National Research Center for Certified Reference Center (NRCCRM)* in 1998, working on the research and development of mass spectrometric techniques and mass spectrometers. He then held several senior posts at NRCCRM, NIM, China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) and Standardization Administration of China (SAC) successively. Now he has over 16 years of professional experience in both metrology and standardization areas.

*NRCCRM was merged into NIM in 2005.