The National Health Commission issued draft regulatio

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The National Health Commission issued draft regulatio

ons in February for the clinical application of new biomedical technolog

ies, stipulating that clinical research that involves human trials, including gene editing, stem cells, organ tra

nsplants between species and assisted reproductive technologies, must secure the approval of the commission in advance.

Under the draft, which is yet to be adopted, violators may face

punishments including fines, revocation of business permits or criminal charges.

The commission this year will complete its revision of an existing r

egulation on ethical inspection of human-related biomedical research that was adopted in 2016.

Authorities are also considering establishing a national ethics

committee that supervises life science technologies and researchers to ensure compliance wit

h ethical standards, Huang Jiefu, former vice-minister of health, told China Daily in an earlier interview.

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