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


The announcement on ensuring that medical exportation runs in an orderly manner has been interpreted, from several points of view, as a way for China to restrict or even terminate exports of key medical supplies. How would you comment on the issue? Will the announcement affect China's timely assistance to the international community in the fight against the virus? Thank you.

Jiang Fan:

Thank you for your concern. It has been a question raised multiple times over the past few days. As an old Chinese saying goes: "A tiny favor should be returned with enormous gratitude"; we Chinese will never forget the assistance rendered from so many countries since we confronted the disease in the beginning. Now that the pandemic, having had its momentum controlled in China, is spreading in other parts of the world, we will multiply our efforts to reciprocate the international community's aid by providing support and assistance to certain countries and regions within our capacity, as long as the prevention and control work in our country remains stable. All in all, China has not and will never restrict medical exports.

According to the statement jointly issued by three ministries, more than 2,000 Chinese medical suppliers are registered at the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) and are comparatively sufficient to meet the demand of overseas purchasers. Their quality can also be guaranteed. Therefore, we would like to advise overseas purchasers to choose partners from the list issued by the NMPA. Otherwise, they may have trouble exporting commodities due to quality.

Over the past few days, our medical exports have secured stable growth. With China's medical exports expanding in an orderly manner, we are able to increase our capacity to continue bolstering the international community in the fight against the pandemic. I also want to accentuate that, along with the Chinese government's consistent efforts in ensuring the quality of medical products, it is of paramount importance to enhance processes of quality inspection in this particular moment when we are involved in controlling and preventing the virus from spreading. The purpose of this announcement aims at launching rigorous inspections on product quality and regulating export procedures, enabling medical supplies to play an increasingly significant role in the anti-virus endeavor around the world. This mirrors the Chinese government's resolution to be involved in the world's anti-pandemic battle and affirms China's proactive role as a major responsible country in the world. Thank you.

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