Opinions on Improving the Regulatory System of Early Warning and Fast Response concerning the Quality Security Risk of the Import and Export Goods for the Protection of Consumers’ Rights and Interests were released by the State Council

On September 27, the State Council issued the Opinions on Improving the Regulatory System of Early Warning and Fast Response concerning the Quality Security Risk of the Import and Export Goods for the Protection of Consumers’ Rights and Interests (hereinafter referred to as “the Opinions”) 

The Opinions clearly stated that the basic principles of “security-based adherence to the bottom line; prevention first and in combination with control; innovation-led and scientific decision-making; open-up, sharing, co-governance and joint actions” should be followed to further improve the quality security regulatory system for the import and export goods, protect consumers' rights and interests and national border security, prevent the public from being harmed by the quality security risks and provide high-quality supply for the people's livelihood and economic development. The Opinions proposed 22 specific measures in the following 5 aspects. 

I. Strengthen across the board quality security risk monitoring. Formulate and release the national unified risk monitoring plan, monitor the quality security-related risks in a systematic and continuous manner and release the monitoring results about quality security. 

II. Optimize quality security risk evaluation in a scientific manner. Push forward the development of risk evaluation institutions and support the participation of social institutions. 

III. Make efforts to improve the early warning about risks related to quality security. Enhance the classification criteria and dynamic adjustment rules about risk early warning and implement the risk early warning based on different types. 

IV. Accelerate the quality security risk processing. Strengthen the callback mechanism of defective imported goods and encourage the manufacturers and importers to call back the goods on their own initiative. 

V. Focus on the result application of quality security risks. Identify the main responsibilities of enterprises in quality security and put in place the accountability. 

(Source: Xinhua)