The Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification (HKCTC) is an advisory body established by the Government in 2009 to spearhead the development of the testing and certification industry. Members of the Council include practitioners from the industry, business sector, professional organisations as well as relevant public bodies and Government departments. The secretariat support to the Council is provided by the Innovation and Technology Commission. Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) provides accreditation for laboratories, certification bodies and inspection bodies located in Hong Kong, through the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS), Hong Kong Certification Body Accreditation Scheme (HKCAS) and Hong Kong Inspection Body Accreditation Scheme (HKIAS) respectively. HOKLAS was launched in 1985; HKCAS was launched in 1998 while HKIAS was launched in 1999.