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AQSIQ Regulatory Assessment

Description: Upon completion of training of China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), and confirmation of proficiency by FDA based on an audit, develop a mutually agreed operational process to accept information from AQSIQ laboratories to confirm the absence of melamine and cyanuric acid in dairy-containing products. Full implementation of this project, in which Chinese food regulators will, for the first time, provide laboratory data directly to FDA, will mark significant progress in FDA’s efforts to build confidence in the Chinese regulatory system and enhance U.S. consumer protection.

The audit and training phases of this project have been completed. AQSIQ's laboratories substantially passed FDA's audit regarding their capacity to test accurately and consistently for melamine and cyanuric acid. In 2010, however, several factors changed AQSIQ's thinking regarding their willingness to bring this project to completion:

a) AQSIQ came to a fuller understanding of the significant, new, long-term responsibilities its staff would need to shoulder to implement this project; and

b) AQSIQ reviewed and reassessed the volume of dairy-containing products exported from China.

When AQSIQ juxtaposed the low volume of Chinese dairy-containing products to the U.S. with the significant burden this effort would place on their staff, they ultimately decided to withdraw from the project.

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

A. Completion of ORA/DFI audit, resolution of outstanding issues with AQSIQ


Completed 4/15/2010

B. Complete training of AQSIQ regarding linkage of laboratory packages to specific shipments


Completed 5/11/2010

C. Begin pilot project to accept data from selected AQSIQ laboratories



D. Full implementation - accept information from half of the identified (13) AQSIQ laboratories



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