14 May 2019
China Grants GAC Oversight of all Genetically Modified Imports / Exports
The General Administration of Customs (GAC) has officially been given overall responsibility for the entry / exit inspection and any required quarantine procedures relating to genetically-modified products within mainland China. The move was announced as part of a further revision to the Administrative Measures for the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine of Genetically-Modified Products.
In line with this and in accordance with the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Import and Export Commodity Inspection and other regulatory requirements that may be deemed relevant, the GAC (and any of its duly appointed agencies) will assume oversight of all genetically-modified products entering or leaving China via all duly-sanctioned channels, including trade, processing with supplied materials, mail, hand-carry, production, commissioned breeding, scientific research, exchange, exhibition, assistance and for the purpose of gifting. In all instances relating to the trans-boundary movement of genetically-modified organisms, a licensing system will be deemed to apply to genetically-modified agricultural products, while all relevant rules and regulations will apply to any other genetically-modified products.
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