On 15 March 2016, the General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQISQ) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) jointly held the constituting workshop for the Sub-Working Group on Product Safety of Bilaterally Traded Medical Devices in Beijing.
At the event, Director General Sun Wenkang (AQSIQ) and Director General Stephan Schnorr (BMWi) signed the joint “Rules of Operation of the Sub-Working Group for Product Safety of Bilaterally Traded Products” in the presence of numerous representatives of Chinese authorities and institutions as well as German medical device manufacturers. Division Director Hao Yilei (AQSIQ) then introduced three project proposals on the topics of import inspection requirements, traceability, and non-authorized parallel imports of medical devices.
In the following discussion round, representatives from authorities and industry on both sides exchanged views on the proposed topics. Finally, it was decided to organize a planning workshop discussing the next steps for the implementation of the project lines as part of the annual meeting of the Working Group on Product Safety in May in Berlin.