Back­log in drug ap­provals re­duced

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By SHAN JUAN shan­juan@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

The back­log of drug reg­is­tra­tion cases in China has been sub­stan­tially re­duced, with 9,000 ap­pli­ca­tions await­ing ap­proval, com­pared with a peak of 22,000 last year, a se­nior of­fi­cial said.

“Re­forms are un­der­way to speed up the drug eval­u­a­tion and reg­is­tra­tion process to im­prove pub­lic ac­cess to ad­vanced treat­ments,” said Li Jinju, deputy direc­tor of the China Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s drug and cos­met­ics reg­is­tra­tion depart­ment.

“But safety and qual­ity will never be com­pro­mised,” Li said.

A short­age of staff in drug eval­u­a­tion and reg­is­tra­tion is mainly to blame, she said. “That was ad­dressed by the re­forms.”

There are about 10,000 ap­pli­ca­tions for drug reg­is­tra­tion per year.

Safety and qual­ity will never be com­pro­mised.” Li Jinju,

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