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The Chinese government has been in the process of modernizing its telemedicine law and policy and associated infrastructure for nearly 2 years now, to support broad, domestic application of telemedicine. We outline one of the most recent developments below. On June 21, 2016, the State Council of China, China’s highest executive body, issued Guiding Opinions on Promoting and Regulating Healthcare Big-Data Applications and Developments [国务院办公厅关于促进和规范健康医疗大数据应用发展的指导意见] (“Guidance”), which provides a roadmap of what China…
China has launched or announced a significant number of regulatory initiatives in the automotive sector over the first months of 2016. I have selected a number of regulatory initiatives representing such trends, below, from my work on China compliance issues and discussions with relevant regulatory authorities.…
After years of deliberation and industry anticipation, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) promulgated the “RoHS 2” regulation on January 21, 2016, with the formal (translated) title “Management Methods for the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products.” See our English reference translation of RoHS 2 here.…
Telemedicine continues to attract international attention, with China on track to become one of the largest telemedicine markets in the world. Just a year after the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHFPC) began promoting the development of a national telemedicine network in China, multiple telemedicine pilots are already being implemented at the provincial level. This will strengthen the foundation at local levels in China for the expansion…
Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries announced, on October 5, 2015, that they had reached an agreement in principle on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP would arguably be the largest free trade agreement in history when considering the member economies, covering approximately 40% of the global economy. The deal, reached in Atlanta, GA, is a victory for President Obama, who has championed the agreement as a vehicle for opening new markets to American…
As U.S. hospitals and health care providers continue to explore China’s market for international health care business opportunities, including telemedicine, they often consider providing services or products to consumers through partnerships with Chinese medical institutions and other entities. U.S. hospitals and health care providers should know how their services or products are being advertised and promoted by their China partners, particularly in light of proposed China rules regarding medical advertisements. Being aware of and…
As trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries continue to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, participants in the auto industry on both sides of the Pacific are watching talks closely, as the outcome of these talks will potentially affect their businesses on fronts ranging from domestic content thresholds to intellectual property protection to the levels of tariffs faced by the industry. A new wrinkle has emerged in the form of potential currency manipulation controls…
As trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries continue to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, China’s recent currency devaluation has sparked a debate over the inclusion of currency manipulation controls in global trade agreements. China is not currently part of the TPP, however, the agreement includes a mechanism for allowing other countries, including China, to join the agreement in the future.…
Trade ministers announced that they will continue negotiations over several unresolved provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during a four-day meeting in Maui, Hawaii that concluded July 31. Trade ministers representing the 12 Pacific Rim countries included in the free trade deal remain optimistic about negotiations and said in a joint statement that they are “more confident than ever that TPP is within reach.” One of the major sticking points reportedly centers around intellectual property…
After several weeks of legislative wrangling, congressional leaders will send a bill to President Obama this week to give him fast-track authority to negotiate a trade deal that will potentially govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and exports. The Trade Act of 2015 [also referred to as “Trade Promotion Authority” (TPA) or “fast-track trade authority”], will allow the President to negotiate the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal with limited congressional interference.…