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China Outlines New Fire Safety Regime for Public and Business Premises

In a bid to clarify fire prevention obligations and to implement a national protocol for reducing incidents of conflagration and properly managing any such eventualities, the Central Government has issued its Opinions on Deepening Reform of Law Enforcement in Fire Services.

In order to streamline the related administration processes and ensure the proper delegation of responsibility, the following three approval requirements have been abolished or streamlined:

  • Fire protection technical service providers and any institution engaged in the maintenance and inspection of fire service installations and related risk assessments will no longer be required to be in receipt of accredited qualifications. In line with this, any such service provider can commence operations once a statutory business licence has been secured
  • The prior fire safety inspection requirements relating to new public spaces are to be streamlined and a notification system adopted. In line with this, such spaces can be made open to the public once an undertaking has been filed with the relevant authorities confirming compliance with all relevant fire safety standards
  • Access to the fire protection system market is to be eased, with 13 categories related to such systems deleted from the China Compulsory Certification directory. Any such certification can now only be secured on a voluntary basis

Source: State Council of China

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