University of Birmingham hosts a study tour for Chinese delegation

The University of Birmingham recently welcomed a high level delegation from the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) for a three week study tour.

The purpose of the visit was to familiarise 22 representatives from state or provincial level FDAs with the EU and UK’s regulatory issues on medical devices in respect to registration, quality control, import and export and market entry requirements.

As part of the visit the University ran seminars and training on regulatory aspects, clinical trials and medical devices. Highlights include speakers from regulatory bodies (such as NICE and MHRA), medical device manufacturers, academics, trade bodies and hospitals.  

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Mr Wang Baoting, Director General of Medical Devices Supervision and Inspection of the SFDA and the former Chairman of Asian Harmonization Working Party said,

“This has been a wonderful opportunity to exchange views on many aspects of regulatory matters and discuss important issues relating to the provision of safe and beneficial medical devices. We are grateful to The University for organising such an extensive and informative programme”

The event was organised by Dr Guiqing Lily Yao and Mr Christopher Tullett. Dr Yao, Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics at the School of Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham said,

“We are very pleased to have hosted the visit of such a distinguished group. The visit enhanced our understanding on current and future policies related to medical device regulatory affairs in China. The links we have formed will open new opportunities for future collaboration”

The University of Birmingham has a long association with China in education and research that dates back to the early 20th century and in September of last year the University launched the University of Birmingham Guangzhou Centre. This is a unique facility established in coordination with People’s Government of Guangzhou Municipality to facilitate joint research and education initiatives in Guangzhou, the province of Guangdong and the broader Pearl River Delta region. Additionally, it supports knowledge transfer and engagement with business interests in the region, is a hub for research staff, and enables knowledge and expertise between China and the University of Birmingham to be shared.

For further information about the Guangzhou Centre please click here