On 17 March China’s National People’s Congress approved the most comprehensive government restructure in nearly 50 years…Full Article: Fruitnet.com Apr 2018

Key Point

  • As a result of the government restructure, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) will be dismantled and its duties merged between the newly created State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the General Administrations of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC).

ChinaAg Comments

  • On 13 March 2018, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislative body, introduced a government restructuring plan (approved on March 17th) that established the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR). As part of the plan, AQSIQ would be dismantled and its agencies (with the exception of CIQ), such as the Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) and Standardization Administration of China (SAC), would be transferred to SAMR control. China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ), formerly under the control of AQSIQ, would be transferred to the General Administrations of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC, aka China Customs). SAMR will initially be managed by Jingquan Bi, the former head of the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). The CFDA was restructured as the State Drug Administration (SDA), which will operate under the umbrella of the SAMR. SAMR was expected to begin work in mid-April, with full operations forecasted to start in June 2018.

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