Amcham to help FDA offices check on goods

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 December, 2008, 12:00am

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will co-operate with a new committee that will establish standards before drug-testing agencies are licensed to examine and certify mainland goods bound for America.

Harley Seyedin, president of the American Chamber of Commerce South China, announced the formation of its consumer safety assurance committee yesterday.

Robert Goldberg, the US consul general in Guangzhou, said the move would help create consumer confidence in Chinese goods amid recurring product safety scares.

The FDA opened three offices on the mainland last month in an unprecedented effort to improve the safety of exports headed to the US.

The three offices, the first set up by the FDA outside the United States, aim to enhance the speed and effectiveness of regulatory co-operation between the US and the mainland, and protect consumers.

Safety issues involving the blood thinner heparin, food and other products imported from the mainland have put pressure on the FDA to boost its international presence.

The FDA will work with the American chambers of commerce in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.