|Statement by the Chinese Delegation at the Meeting of Experts of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) on Biosecurity and Oversight --- Facilities (August 26, 2003, Geneva)
In order to strengthen biosecurity and oversight of the facilities involved pathogenic microorganism activities, China strictly administers the storing, carrying, shipping, using and supplying of medical microorganisms including various infectious agents, and the biosecurity of laboratories involved experiments with pathogenic microorganisms.
I. Relevant Regulations
China formulated the following relevant regulations and criteria:
--- Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Adopted in 1989) and its Implementation Regulations (Promulgated in 1991)
--- Measures of the People's Republic of China on the Administration of the Storage of Strains of Medical Microorganisms (Promulgated in 1985)
--- General Guidelines of the People's Republic of China on Biological Safety in Microbial and Biological Medical Laboratory (Promulgated in 2002)
II. Storage of Strains of Medical Microorganisms
The storage of strains of medical microorganisms is under the centralized management and supervision of the bodies designated by the Ministry of Health.
The storage centers for the strains of medical fungus, bacteria and virus are established to supervise the selection, collection, identification, storage of above mentioned species, and study on their classification, identification and storage.
Specialized laboratories are established under the storage centers to supervise the selection, collection, identification, storage of the specialized species respectively, and study on their classification, identification and storage.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.