Industrial products for licensing to be cut
The number of industrial products that require official licensing for production will be reduced, the State Council decided at an executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Sept 12.
According to a statement released after the meeting, production will also be simplified to ensure quality, safety and adequate supervision.
Another 14 categories of industrial products will no longer require official licensing for production, a measure that reduces the number of categories that require such licensing from 38 to 24.
For products related to public health and safety and environmental protection, the official licensing will be replaced by the China Compulsory Certification, the statement said.
Incentives will encourage enterprises to conduct certification on their own as part of the measures to help build their brand and expand markets.
The measure came after a decision by the State Council in September last year to cut 19 categories of products, including water pipes and rechargeable batteries.
Production licensing was introduced in 1984 for quality supervision. Companies must obtain the license before their products go into production. The number of categories of products that require official licensing has since been reduced from 487 to the current 60.
It was also decided at the meeting that simplified approval procedures will be adopted for categories of products that still require official licensing for production. The old practice of product inspection before the issuing of approval will give way to enterprises presenting reports that show their products passed quality tests.
For those whose products still require licensing from provincial authorities, the companies, except for producers of dangerous chemicals, can submit required materials and guarantee authorities about the quality of their products before they obtain licenses.
The authorities will also promote the practice of only issuing one license for companies that produce different categories of products.
The statement said that the government will better live up to their responsibilities of supervision, step up oversight after the issuance of licenses and promote the upgrading and quality improvement of made-in-China products.
Public to get easier access to govt services
Measures will be introduced to simplify certification requirements to make it easier for the public to access government services, the State Council executive meeting on Sept 12 decided.
A statement released after the meeting said that the government will prioritize efforts to further reduce certification requirements.
Where certification is required, the departments must provide a list that has been approved.
The statement said that the government will resolutely target the solution of the problem that departments demand issue certification requirements, which has long troubled the public as they access government services.
Red tape slashed for starting businesses
China will further cut red tape for starting a business as the State Council rolled out measures to decouple business licenses and operating permits.
The decision was made at a State Council executive meeting on Sept 12 and a pilot program to decouple the business licenses and operating permits, both essential for enterprises to obtain before business operations, will be promoted nationwide.
An earlier pilot was carried out in the Shanghai Pudong New Area in late 2015, before its implementation across Shanghai.
Starting on Nov 10, fewer permits and certificates will be required after a company receives a business license. The streamlining will apply nationwide to the first batch of some 100 business-related government approval items — meaning that companies can begin doing business as soon as they get their business licenses. They won’t need to secure operating permits unless necessary, according to a statement released after the meeting.
A market entity will be approved for business activity when it commits to complying with all permitting requirements. Companies that violate this commitment will have their licenses revoked and face heavy penalties, the statement said.