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Full-Coverage Pilot Reform Separating Business Licences and Operation Permits Launched

The State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has issued a circular (Guo Shi Jian Zhu No. 225 [2019]) to implement a number of reforms, including business licences, market regulation and related services standardisation.

The move follows the State Council issued circular (Guo Fa No. 25 [2019]) on the reform of “separating business licences and operation permits” in all pilot free trade zones in the country. Starting from 1 December 2019, the reforms will promote the reduction of permits after business licence issuance and streamline approval procedures.

The reform tasks include:

  • Strictly implement reform advancement requirements
    The List of Matters for Full-Coverage Pilot Reform of “Separating Business Licences and Operation Permits” (central government level, 2019 edition) involves 17 enterprise-related business licensing items. All items are in the field of market regulation, excluding matters controlled by the National Intellectual Property Administration and the National Medical Products Administration. The SAMR has drawn up specific reform measures for each of these items for on-going and ex-post regulation
  • Apply effective enterprise-related business licensing and market regulation data sharing
    Market regulation departments will continue to promote the offering of standardised, regulated and convenient administrative licensing services

Source: State Administration for Market Regulation

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