China Plans to Raise Medical industry Standards
The State Council of China has stated a Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) to raise standards and improve quality in the medicinal sector, including Western medicines and traditional Chinese medicine in February 2012. This plan earmarks Traditional Chinese Medicine's globalization and outlines industry regulation.
The standards of medical equipment and apparatuses will also be raised, according to the government plan issued amid public concerns and complaints about the quality of medicinal products in the country.
According to the plan, the government will raise standards on 2,800 ready-made Chinese traditional drugs as well as 350 kinds of Chinese medicinal herbs and 650 Chinese medicinal components by 2015. It will be based on the Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China to raise standards and improve quality.
Furthermore, the government plans to reinforce local medicinal quality-monitoring networks at the municipal and county levels, while making greater efforts to crack down on counterfeit pharmaceutical products. 90 percent of medical equipment and apparatuses should meet international standards.
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