China eases export restrictions on some coronavirus equipment

China eases export restrictions on some coronavirus equipment


China is renouncing the requirement that a number of main virus treatment products receive regulatory approval prior to sale, as long as they are licensed in importing countries, the Ministry of Commerce said on Saturday. 

China has been stipulating such approval since the end of March, when a number of European nations protested that the Chinese test kits were inaccurate, in effect hindering the efforts of several companies to make worldwide efforts against the coronavirus outbreak. 

The latest ruling refers to products like coronavirus monitoring, surgical masks, protective suits, infrared thermometers and ventilators. "Tonight's new rule is a revision of ," said Zhang Shuwen, CEO of Liming Bio-products, a biotech company offering coronavirus tests targeting the overseas market. "It is wrong to have a one-size-fits-all policy."

Zhang Shuwen said, “Each country may have different criteria for medicines and medical devices. The priority is to meet the requirement in the countries where the product will be sold, instead of where the product is made."

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