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Chinese translations for quality control

A few months ago I posted Useful Chinese translations for buyers going to factories and I received great feedback.

Therefore, this week I will publish some more common words/expressions. I hope it helps the “do-it-yourself” purchasers who don’t even take a translator when they go on a production floor.

Left column is English, middle column is spoken mandarin, and right column is written Chinese.

Factory audit

Factory auditYanchang验厂
Social complianceShehui zeren社会责任
Factory social auditGongchang shehui zeren shenhe工厂社会责任审核
Worker safetyGongren anquan工人安全
To pay a salaryZhifu gongzi支付工资
Payroll recordsGongzi jilu工资记录
HR departmentRenli ziyuan bumen人力资源部门


Quality control (general)

To compare A and BA he B bijiaoA和B比较
A is conform to BA he B yizhiA和B一致
ConformityYizhi xing一致性
SafetyAnquan xing安全性
DangerWeixian xing危险性


Process control

Process controlGuocheng kongzhi过程控制
QC during productionShengchan zhong zhiliang kongzhi生产中质量控制
In-line inspectionZhongqi chahuo中期查货
1st sampleDi yi ge yangpin第一个样品


Product inspection

Full controlQuan jian (quanbu jiancha)全检(全部检查)
Samples (in general)Yangping样品
Samples (from bulk production)Chanpin产品
Random checkSuiji jiancha随机检查
Simple sampling planYi ci chou yang一次抽样
Double sampling planLiang ci chou yang两次抽样
Level IIEr jiII 级
AQL limitAQL shuipingAQL 水平
To take (samples)Chou
To pick/choose (samples)Chou xuan抽选
To failBu chengong不成功
Have a manager look at defectsGei guanliren kan wenti给sb看sth
SignatureQian ming签名


Inspection work & equipment

To fill out (a form)Tianxie (biaoge)填写(表格)
Form / spreadsheetBiaoge表格
Adhesive tapeJiao dai胶带
ColorYan se颜色
Pantone bookSe ka色卡
CameraZhaoxiang ji照相机
To take photosPai zhao拍照


What is missing?

Renaud Anjoran is the founder of Sofeast Quality Control and helps importers to improve and secure their product quality in China. He writes advice for importers on the Quality Inspection blog. He lives full time in Shenzhen, China. You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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