Ninyang County in Shandong Province has in place a quality assurance certification process for its party branches. As of end of 2009, 983 of the 1,486 party branches in the county received AAA certifications. Certification covers five areas: organizational structure, institutionalization of implementing party directives and duties, membership build-up and records keeping. The process includes self-inspection, application for certification, review by higher party organizations and final scoring. The total score is 1,000. 800 or above is certified AAA, 750 to 800 AA, and 700 to 750 A. No certification is given for any below 700.
Source: Xinhua, February 19, 2010