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China’s MOH Sets Up Three New Departments To Oversee Food And Drugs

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

To tighten hospital supervision, food and drug safety, China's Ministry of Health has set up three departments for overseeing health care services, drug policy and the basic medicine system, as well as food safety coordination and hygiene. This follows responsibility changes between MOH and China's State FDA (PharmAsia News, Sep. 8, 2008). Under the framework, the new departments will (1) monitor health care institutions' services and promote public hospital management system reform; (2) establish and implement the national basic medicine system, as well as draw up the country's drug policy; and (3) draft standards for food safety and investigate major food safety incidents. Health authorities at the local level may decide on their own whether to undertake the corresponding changes. (Click here for more - Chinese Language)

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