China reaffirms commitment to expand medical supply exports

Source:Global Times Published: 2020/5/7 18:18:40

Staff members work on the face mask production line at the workshop of GAC Component Co., Ltd. in south China's Guangdong Province, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Deng Hua)

With a commitment to the public health across the world, China is trying hard to meet the international community's growing demand for medical products, while continuing to strengthen quality supervision over export orders in a bid to provide qualified products to help the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, an official said on Thursday.

"The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) is cooperating with other government departments to ensure that medical products that couldn't meet Chinese or foreign standards won't be exported at all, but the export channel of qualified medical supplies is 100 percent smooth," Gao Feng, spokesperson of the MOFCOM, said during an online press briefing.

The comment came as some Western media reports said that China rolled out restrictions that led to a halt of medical product exports which some countries needed to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. 

"Large quantities of critical protective gear and other medical goods are sitting in warehouses across China unable to receive necessary official clearances," the Wall Street Journal reported in April, citing suppliers and brokers.

However, Geng said that from March 1 to Wednesday, the country had exported medical products to 194 countries and regions, with exports elevating at a speedier rate since April.

Among the transactions, 77 countries and regions' governments and six international organizations signed commercial procurement contracts for 216 batches of medical supplies with China via official channels, while 71 countries and regions carried out commercial negotiations with Chinese companies, he said.

As of Wednesday, 3,773 companies had received China's medical equipment registration certificates - a new document required from April 1 to ensure product quality after some foreign complaints arose about quality of made-in-China medical supplies.

On April 25, the Chinese authorities issued another statement to tighten regulation of non-medical use face masks, requiring them to meet domestic or foreign standards.

Aside from revealing a list of domestic companies whose face masks are not qualified, the MOFCOM dispatched working groups to 10 provinces and cities such as South China's Guangdong Province to ratchet up quality supervision.

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