China is dropping the requirement that some key virus treatment products be given regulatory approval before exporting, provided they are approved in the importing countries, the Commerce Department said on Saturday.
China had given such approval since late March after several European countries complained that test kits made in China were inaccurate, which hampered many companies' efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic worldwide.
The new regulation applies to products such as corona virus tests, medical masks, protective suits, infrared thermometers and respirators.
"Tonight's new rule is a revision of the older rule," said Zhang Shuwen, CEO of Liming Bio-products, a biotech company that provides coronavirus testing for the overseas market.
"It is wrong to have a single directive … Each country may have different criteria for pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The priority is to meet the requirements in the countries where the product is sold, rather than where the product is made." Zhang said.
The previous ban angered medical device companies in Hangzhou and Shenzhen cities that tried to ask local governments for help, Zhang added.
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