ALPHA meets CQM: The second largest Chinese testing institute CQM met ALPHA on 13 December to develop a practical concept for optimizing and modulating the application of GB, SELO and international standards in mechanical and plant engineering for European EPCs designing and building plants in the People’s Republic of China. In addition, a cooperation agreement was developed between CQM and ALPHA in the areas of conformity assessment methods, testing and inspection in China. But there was also an opportunity to enjoy Christmas and relax. After a visit to the beautiful Chemnitz Christmas market, a toast was made to our cooperation in a typical local restaurant.