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China Cancels 25 Administrative Approval Requirements

Business names will no longer require pre-approval, while a preliminary review will no longer be mandatory prior to the registration of certain products. These amended requirements are just two of the 25 changes approved by a meeting of the State Council on 20 February in a bid to reduce the number of instances where administrative approval is required. At the same meeting, it was also agreed that government bodies at the provincial level (or below) will be granted the power to approve certain professional practitioner registrations, as well as five other items that currently require national level administrative approval.

The meeting also resolved that a pilot scheme for the reform of construction project review procedures will be rolled out across the country. To this end, an inter-agency reviewing process with a single department acting as the lead agency and clear reviewing time frames will be adopted. It is hoped that this new system will halve the time required to review construction projects to just 120 working days on a national basis within the first half of this year.

For further details (in Chinese), please access the following link:

Li Keqing Chairs State Council Executive Meeting (of 20 February 2019)

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