Press conference on strengthening quality control for medical supplies and improving market regulation

The Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council held a press conference in Beijing on April 5 to brief the media on the measures taken to strengthen quality control for medical supplies and improve market regulation. April 7, 2020


Premier Li Keqiang has indicated that China will continue to provide convenience for foreign countries' purchase of medical supplies, and the quality will be ensured. In order to further promote international cooperation among pandemic prevention and control, what are the specific measures being made by the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) to ensure the quality of medical supplies exports?

Jiang Fan:

Thank you for your interest in our work. Based on the deployments of the leading group of China's novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic response as well as the requirements being made by the meetings of the joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council, the MOC has worked with the General Administration of Customs (GAC) and the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) to issue an announcement on the orderly export of medical supplies. The move aims to deepen international cooperation on pandemic prevention and control as well as strengthen the supervision over the quality of medical supplies exports. The announcement requires five categories of exports — including test kits, medical masks, medical protective clothing, ventilators and infrared thermometers — to be officially registered in China and meet the quality-control standards of respective export destinations. The customs shall grant access to those medical supplies based on certificates of registration approved by medical product administrations. The MOC will work with relevant departments to better implement this policy. If these medical supplies have any quality problems, we will conduct a thorough and strict investigation and impose punishments in accordance with the law. Such problems shall not be tolerated. We will spare no effort to ensure the quality of exports, set standards for businesses to operate with and safeguard the reputation of "Made in China," so as to better leverage the important role of medical supplies in preventing and controlling the pandemic. Thank you.

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