On 23 October 2015, the General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) jointly hosted a workshop in Beijing on import inspection requirements for medical devices. Division Director Hao Yilei from AQSIQ led the workshop and was joined by Chinese colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ), the local authority for Import and Export Inspection and Quarantine of Beijing (Beijing CIQ) as well as other Chinese experts from relevant authorities and institutions. On the German side, the workshop was chaired by Division Director Hatto Mattes, who was in Beijing as part of a BMWi delegation trip to China. Also present were representatives of the German Embassy in Beijing and from German medical device companies.
The program included a presentation on the current regulatory framework for import inspections of medical devices in China by the Beijing CIQ as well as a presentation on challenges during the import process of medical devices in China. In an active discussion, the participants exchanged views on current reform plans for import inspection requirements of medical devices.
The workshop was the first activity on the topic of medical devices, which has just recently been added to the Working Group on Product Safety. Both sides emphasized their strong interest in further cooperation activities.