Tougher product liability provisions following the release of long-awaited amendments to consumer rights and interests protection law in China

The rise of consumerism in China over the past 10 years, accompanied by huge increases in domestic consumption, has spurred greater regulatory enforcement in the area of product liability, as well as greater willingness by consumers to seek legal remedies in China.

In recent years, and in response to major food-safety scandals and public outcry, the Chinese government has focused its regulatory oversight on a number of key sectors, including healthcare, food (particularly infant milk formula and health supplements), automobiles, and consumer goods. The Chinese central government continues to revise existing laws and issue new laws and regulations to tackle product liability issues and problems, and some of the major laws introduced or revised in recent years include the Food Safety Law and the Tort Liability Law just to name a few. Now after 20 years since it came into force, on 25 October 2013 the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress promulgated the first major comprehensive amendment to the Consumer Rights and Interests Protection Law.

The Amended Consumer Law will come into effect on 15 March 2014…

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