China publishes regulation on management of human genetic resources

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The State Council, China's cabinet, published a regulation on the management of human genetic resources that will take effect from July 1.

The regulation aims to enhance protection of human genetic resources, promote proper use and tighten regulation and supervision, said a State Council statement on Monday.

The Chinese government will conduct surveys on human genetic resources and introduce a system to record and register major pedigrees in human genetics and those in specific regions, according to the regulation.

Foreign organizations and domestic institutions founded or controlled by foreign entities will have to work with Chinese partners if they need human genetic resources in China for scientific research, the document said.

Any act to make human genetic resources information open to the public or to provide such information to foreign countries should be recorded. Such an act must be subject to a security review if it might affect public health, national security or public interest.

 

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