1. President Xi Jinping makes important instructions on food safety and Premier Li Keqiang makes commandsIn January 2017, President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission made important instructions on food safety, he pointed out that food is the paramount necessity of the people, the food safety is concerned with the health and life safety of 1.3 billion people in China, thus it must be strengthened. It is necessary to strengthen the governance according to the law for food safety, strengthen the work at basic level, establish professional inspector team, increase the quality and safety of the restaurant industry, strengthen the food safety throughout the “farmland to dining table”, and prevent, manage and control food safety risk to ensure safe and secure food for the masses.
Li Keqiang, Member of the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee and Premier of the State Council, made commands, he pointed out that facing the complicated situation of food safety in a new year, we should implement the decisions and arrangements of the Party Central Committee and the State Council to emphasize more the food safety and improve the food safety supervision mechanism and vigorously implement the food safety strategy.
2. The State Council issues the food and drug safety planning during “the 13th Five-Year Plan”
3. Drug and medical devices registration application data fraud is criminalized
4. Establishment of new management mechanism for classification of medical devices
On April 16, 2017, the China Food and Drug Administration established a technical committee on classification of medical devices; on August 31, CFDA officially issued the newly revised Medical Device Classification Catalog.
5. China Food and Drug Administration joins the ICH
6. Ten departments jointly strengthen rumor prevention and control about food safety, 9 departments jointly conduct food and health food fraud and misleading propaganda treatment
7. Fourteen departments issue opinions concerning promoting catering service quality and safety level
8. The General Office of the CPC Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council issue the Advice on Deepening Reform of Examination and Approval System and Encouraging Innovation in Drugs and Medical Devices
There are 36 reform measures in 6 parts in the Advice concerning the prominent challenges to the innovation of drugs and medical devices, including reform the clinical trial management, accelerate the marketing evaluation and approval, facilitate the drugs innovation and the generic drugs development, strengthen the full life cycle management of drugs and medical devices, improve the technical support and intensify the organization and implementation.
9. The first domestic Ebola virus vaccine with proprietary intellectual property right receives approval
10. The Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Food Safety in Online Catering Services and Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Online Sale of Medical Devices issued