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China Implements Centralised Product Recall Regime

China’s customs and market regulatory bodies have launched a unified system for detecting/reporting defective imports and triggering product recalls. Details of the new procedures were jointly released by the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the General Administration of Customs (GAC).

Among the key points of the announcement were the following:

  • The SAMR and the GAC will jointly establish an information notification and collaboration mechanism with a focus on substandard imports. The GAC will dispose of all imported products found to be substandard or to represent particular risks to safety during the course of any statutory port inspection in accordance with the law. At the GAC’s discretion, this disposal may take the form of technical deactivation, an order for a shipment to be returned to the original exporter or the destruction of said items. In all instances, the SAMR will be informed and will take control, on a national basis, of any product recall that may be deemed necessary, as well as the implementation of any other measures deemed appropriate.
  • As of 30 October, the day these measures were formally adopted, the GAC will no longer accept defective products recall filing applications directly from enterprises.

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

Announcement of the SAMR and GAC on the Unified Management of the Recall of Defective Products

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