BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhuanet) --
China is beefing up its control of the outflow and inflow of human genetic
resources from or into the country.
According to a notice recently
issued jointly by the Chinese Ministry of Health and State Administration of
Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, organizations or individuals
should apply to authorities for a permit to take, mail or transport human
genetic materials out of China.
Those who take or send human
genetic materials out of China without authoritative permission will face legal
penalties and punishment, said the notice.
Human genetic resources, which
include human genome, human organs, tissues, cells and blood, are essential to
pharmaceutical and health care industries.
China has a vast population and a
host of ethnic groups. The country has issued in recent years a series of
regulations and relevant laws to protect its plentiful human genetic resources.
Meanwhile, the notice also
specify the tightened management of the inflow and outflow of other special
materials used for medical purposes, including human materials, pathogenic
animalcule and scientific samples. Enditem