China has 64,000 drug supervision officials

2008-07-18 02:09:26 GMT       2008-07-18 10:09:26 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

BEIJING, July 18 (Xinhua) -- China reported 64,000 drug supervision officials working for 2,692 drug regulatory departments by the end of 2007, said a white paper published on Friday by the Information Office of the State Council.

Meanwhile, China attaches great importance to the building of a legal system for drug safety supervision and the State Council has promulgated 17 administrative regulations concerning drugs so far, according to the paper, titled Status Quo of Drug Supervision in China.

The national drugs watchdog, the State Drug Administration was established in 1998, and the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) was founded on the basis of the former in 2003, the paper said.

The SFDA is in charge of administrative supervision and technical supervision over the research, production, distribution and use of drugs (including Chinese crude drugs, prepared slices of Chinese crude drugs, traditional Chinese medicine preparations, chemical drug substances and their preparations, antibiotics, biochemical drugs, radioactive pharmaceuticals, serum, vaccines, blood products and diagnostic agents) and medical devices, the paper said.

China has established drug regulatory departments under the unified leadership of the central government, with vertical management below the provincial level. By the end of 2007, there had been 2,692 drug regulatory departments in China, including 31 at the provincial level, 339 at the municipal (prefecture) level and 2,321 at the county (county-level city) level (including districts and counties of municipalities directly under the central government); with more than 1,000 drug technical supervision organizations with 64,000 personnel in China, according to the paper.

In the vast rural areas, drug safety coordinators and information specialists had been employed to ensure drug safety and promote the building of a drug safety supervision network, it said.

By the end of 2007, there had been more than 97,000 drug safety coordinators and more than 514,000 information specialists in rural areas. A total of 578,000 stations of rural drug regulatory network had been established, the paper said.

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