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Revised Regulations Open Up Guangdong Elderly Care Sector to Hong Kong Businesses

Newly-adopted regulations are set to make it easier for Hong Kong businesses to operate elderly care facilities in Guangdong. Under the terms of the Opinions on the Implementation of Fully Liberalising the Elderly Care Service Market and Upgrading the Quality of Elderly Care Services, as recently issued by Guangdong’s Provincial Government, non-mainland investors will be given easier access to this section of the province’s healthcare market, with many of the currently-required application requirements either streamlined or entirely dispensed with.

More specifically, any operator looking to establish an elderly-care institution should apply to the registration body of the appropriate local county-level government (or to the municipal government’s registration body in the case of cities at or above the prefectural level that are not divided into administrative sub-districts). Such a procedure applies regardless of whether the proposed facilities are to be established on a wholly-owned, equity joint venture or contractual joint venture basis. All applications will then be processed on an integrated basis, with multi-department approval secured as required. A number of pre-approval items deemed unnecessary or unreasonable have been dispensed with entirely.

In the case of any qualifying social organisation looking to offer elderly care services, it may apply directly to the provincial civil affairs department for registration, with examination and approval from the relevant local authority no longer required. Furthermore, any application to establish an elderly care facility with a floor area of 5,000 square metres or less will not be subject to an environmental impact assessment.

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

Opinions of the General Office of the Guangdong Provincial People’s Government on the Implementation of Fully Liberalising the Elderly Care Service Market and Upgrading the Quality of Elderly Care Services

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