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ns in February for the clinical application of new biomedical technologies, stipulating that clini
cal research that involves human trials, including gene editing, stem cells, organ transplants be
tween species and assisted reproductive technologies, must secure the approval of the commission in advance.
Under the draft, which is yet to be adopted, violators may face punishments including fines, revocation of business permits or criminal charges.
The commission this year will complete its revision of an existing r
egulation on ethical inspection of human-related biomedical research that was adopted in 2016.
Authorities are also considering establishing a national ethics co
mmittee that supervises life science technologies and researchers to ensure compliance wi
th ethical standards, Huang Jiefu, former vice-minister of health, told China Daily in an earlier interview.
e charge of the task, according to the decree signed by Premier Li Keqiang.
All government services, unless otherwise specified by laws and regulations or involving state secrets, shall
be processed online in line with the procedures determined by the State Council, the decree noted.
Government service providers must not require enterprises or ind
ividuals to submit information that is already acces
sible through information sharing. Neither are they allo
wed to put the submitted information to other uses.
The decree also confirms the legal validity of electronic signatures, seals, certificates and archives.
The decree came into effect the day it was made public.