China: Product Liability in the People’s Republic of China
Last Updated: 2 February 2010

The China Practice of the international commercial law firm BEITEN BURKHARDT has just published the guide “Product Liability in the People’s Republic of China”.

Dr. Björn Etgen, Head of the BEITEN BURKHARDT China Practice, commented, “Product quality and product liability concerns have increasingly received attention in the PRC. As some of the more spectacular cases have shown, manufacturers and sellers might easily find themselves in critics’ line of fire, resulting in possible sales declines of their products in the PRC and worldwide. Extensive knowledge of the legal framework, in particular regarding the liability of companies to recall products and liability measures in the PRC, is indispensible”.

This practical guide describes the current legal framework for product liability in the PRC and conveys a basic understanding of product liability issues manufacturers and sellers might face in the PRC.

Some chapters of the guide are directed at product quality in general, whereas others are directed at specific industries and its products, such as food, toys, pharmaceuticals and motor vehicles.

The publication also gives an overview of the most important laws, national regulations and opinions and interpretations of the Supreme People’s Court that are relevant to product liability in the PRC.

The guide is available in English and German and can be downloaded or ordered free of charge from the firm's website at


Dr. Björn Etgen
Head of BEITEN BURKHARDT China Practice
Tel.: +852-2524 6468

Willi Vett
Partner, Head of Shanghai Office
Tel.: +86-21 6141 7888

Public Relations
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Information about BEITEN BURKHARDT

  • Beiten Burkhardt is an independent international law firm.
  • Beiten Burkhardt provides advice on all aspects of commercial law to medium-sized companies, large corporations, banks and various industry groups, as well as to the public sector.
  • Along with its offices in Germany, Beiten Burkhardt has a strong international presence in Eastern Europe, China and Brussels. We also cooperate closely with other excellent law firms in key markets.
  • Beiten Burkhardt renders legal services worldwide, with around 330 lawyers working in 13 offices: Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Hong Kong, Kyiv, Moscow, Munich, Nuremberg, Shanghai, St. Petersburg and Warsaw.
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