Chinese chemical weapons defense scientists laud standardization push

Scientists at China's Chemical Defense Research Institute recently credited the standardized construction of their laboratories for helping them to win a major national technology award.

The institute, which operates under the General Armaments Department of the People's Liberation Army, won a second prize at the Chinese National Scientific and Technological Progress Award for an engineering protection system, according to

CDRI researchers and engineers were also recently lauded for an October drill-ground demonstration of at least 10 new kinds of chemical weapons defense equipment.

The institute has reportedly drawn on advanced management concepts from Chinese and foreign sources to use standardization in its laboratory construction. It has even begun to call 2012 the "Year of Standardized Management of Laboratory Facilities," according to

In addition to construction projects, CDRI has established a new standardized support system that includes personnel management, facility environment and record-keeping.

"Standardized laboratory management has improved the effectiveness of scientific research and promoted the continuous improvement of scientific research capacity," reports. "In recent years, a large number of scientific research achievements made by the institute have won national and military awards and the development time of major scientific research projects has been reduced year by year."