China Review News (CRN) recently republished a Xinhua report that the General Armament Department of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced and distributed to all branches of the army the new Technical Quality Issue Handling Rules for Army Equipment and Weaponry in Active Duty. The Rules for the first time clearly defined the governance structure and responsibilities of various army units for quality assurance. Technical support is now a requirement. Issue tracking and response documentation are also standardized. Periodical reporting requirements and levels of problems are defined too. In 2011, pilot programs for the implementation of the Rules were run in the Beijing and Lanzhou Military Regions and improvements were seen, as a result.
Source: China Review News, February 22, 2012