On 22 January 2013, the PRC Ministry of Health issued the revised Good Supply Practice for Pharmaceutical Distribution ("Revised GSP"), which will take effect 1 June 2013.

In replacing the current GSP ("2000 GSP"), the Revised GSP provides stricter requirements for:

  • Warehousing Facilities (climate control and stock control systems);
  • Employee Qualifications (the company officers responsible for quality control, and retail operations, must be PRC-qualified pharmacists);
  • Document Retention; and
  • Pharmaceutical Quality Control.

The 2000 GSP will be "grand-fathered" for those PRC enterprises holding current GSP licenses, up to but not beyond renewal of current GSP or pharmaceutical trading licenses.

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