The State Food and Drug Administration on Friday said it will
launch thorough inspections of stimulant producers and importers as
part of its efforts to secure food and drug safety for the
"We will launch thorough checks of the production and management
of protein assimilation preparation and peptide hormones
nationwide," administration spokeswoman Yan Jiangying said.
Only wholesalers with management permits granted by the SFDA can
sell stimulant products.
In addition, businesses engaged in importing and processing
stimulants must also receive permits from the administration, Yan
Illegal producers and dealers will be severely dealt with and
harshly punished, she said.
The administration's monthly press conference also set out its
agenda for the year ahead.
Yan said the body will "step up its efforts in the regulation
and improvement of the country's drug quality standards".
This will include the revision of quality standards for drugs in
2,000 categories, the revision and improvement of traditional
Chinese medicine (TCM) standards and the regulation and improvement
of quality standards for 400 kinds of high-risk injections.
Meanwhile, the country will speed up the establishment of
standards for TCM, including upgrading technical standards, and
establishing a quality control mechanism combining TCM raw
materials, production techniques and testing indexes.
(China Daily February 2, 2008)