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Printing license approval will have a wide impact on the packaging and printing industry with new regulations.


On April 29, the the People's Republic of China Ministry of Justice and the official website of the Chinese Government's Legal Information released the ''State Press and Publication Administration on Public Solicitation<印刷业经营者资格条件规定(征求意见稿)>Notice of Opinion. This provision is the legal basis for printing operators to apply for a printing business license. Specifically, the new regulations (draft for comments) reflect the idea of "light approval, heavy supervision.</印刷业经营者资格条件规定(征求意见稿)>

On April 29, the Ministry of Justice of the People's Republic of China and the official website of the Legal Information of the Chinese Government issued the "Notice of the State Press and Publication Administration on Publicly Soliciting Opinions on the Regulations on the Qualifications of Printing Industry Operators (Draft for Comment)". This provision is the legal basis for printing operators to apply for a printing business license. Specifically, the new regulations (draft for comments) reflect the idea of "light approval, heavy supervision.

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Further relaxation of approval conditions. In addition to the packaging and decoration printed matter abolished in the reform of "release, control and service" a few years ago, which requires two printing equipment (no requirements for the number of units and the number of years) that are not included in the list of elimination catalogues, the new regulations (draft for comments) once again relax the conditions for applying for publication printing. ① The required equipment is reduced from 2 to 1; ② the equipment is relaxed from only automatic offset printing equipment to automatic offset printing, flexo printing equipment, or 1 production digital printing equipment.

Further strengthen regulatory measures. The new regulations (draft for comments) propose to have a sound management, financial management system and quality assurance system for applications for publication printing, packaging and decoration printing, such as printing verification, registration, storage, delivery, destruction, etc. (for applications for other printed materials and special licenses for typesetting, plate making, binding, etc., the old version already has requirements); At the same time, the new regulations (draft for comments) require, the quality of printing products produced by printing operators shall meet the national or industry standards. ② Submit the annual report through the annual report publicity platform. The new regulations (draft for comments) also propose that for those who violate the above ① ② requirements and fail to obtain the ''Printing Regulations Training Qualification Certificate'', the publication management department of the local people's government at or above the county level shall order corrections, give a warning according to the severity of the circumstances, and impose a penalty of 30000 A fine of less than yuan.

At present, the new regulations are in the public consultation period (April 29-May 29, 2021). What opinions you have can be reflected through the following three channels.

1. Log in to the Chinese Government Legal Information of the Ministry of Justice of the People's Republic of China (website: www.moj.gov.cn, www.chinalaw.gov.cn) and enter the "Legislative Opinions Collection" column of the main menu on the home page to put forward opinions.

2. Correspondence address: Printing and Distribution Bureau of the Central Propaganda Department, No. 40 Xuanwumen Waidajie, Xicheng District, Beijing, postal code: 100052, and the words "Regulations on the qualifications of printing operators for comments" are marked on the envelope.

3. Electronic E-mail: ysfzc@sina.com.

State Press and Publication Administration

April 29, 2021

The full text of the Exposure Draft is as follows--

Provisions on the Qualification Conditions for Printing Business Operators (Draft for Comments)

Article 1 In order to regulate the printing business activities of printing industry operators, establish a fair competition market environment, improve the quality and level of printing supply, and promote the high-quality development of the printing industry, these regulations are formulated in accordance with the Regulations on the Administration of the Printing Industry and relevant laws and regulations.

Article 2 The term "printing business operators" as mentioned in these Provisions includes units engaged in publications, packaging and decoration printed matter, as well as special typesetting, plate making, binding and printing business activities, and units or individuals engaged in other printed matter printing business activities.

Article 3 To apply for engaging in publication printing business activities, the following conditions shall be met:

The (I) has completed the industrial and commercial registration, has the legal personality, and its business scope includes engaging in printing business activities;

The (II) has a fixed production and operation site adapted to business needs;

(III) have the funds to maintain normal production and operation;

(4) Necessary publication printing equipment, with more than one automatic offset printing and flexo printing equipment produced in the last 10 years (as of the date of submission of the application) and not included in the "Industrial Structure Adjustment Guidance Catalogue Restricted and Eliminated Category", or 1 production-type digital printing equipment;

(V) has an organizational structure and personnel adapted to operational needs;

The (VI) has a sound printing verification, registration, storage, delivery, destruction and other management, financial management system and quality assurance system.

Article 4 An enterprise with foreign investment applying to engage in publication printing business activities shall, in addition to meeting the conditions listed in Article 3 of these Provisions, also meet the special management measures for restrictive access stipulated in the negative list of foreign investment access.

In the pilot free trade zone, wholly foreign-owned enterprises may apply to engage in publication printing business activities.

Preferential opening measures for investment in the printing industry from Hong Kong and Macao investors, investors from Taiwan or other special economic regions shall be implemented in accordance with relevant regulations.

Article 5 To apply for engaging in the business activities of printing printed matter for packaging and decoration, the following conditions shall be met:

The (I) has completed the industrial and commercial registration, has the legal personality, and its business scope includes engaging in printing business activities;

The (II) has a fixed production and operation site adapted to business needs;

(III) have the funds to maintain normal production and operation;

(IV) the necessary packaging and decoration printing equipment;

(V) has an organizational structure and personnel adapted to operational needs;

(6) It has a sound operation management, financial management system and quality assurance system for printing verification, registration, storage, delivery and destruction.

Article 6 To apply for engaging in other printed matter printing business activities, the following conditions shall be met:

(1) It has completed its industrial and commercial registration and its business scope includes engaging in printing business activities;

The (II) has a fixed production and operation site adapted to business needs;

(III) have the funds to maintain normal production and operation;

(IV) have production equipment suitable for business needs;

(V) has an organizational structure and personnel adapted to operational needs;

The (VI) has a sound printing verification, registration, storage, delivery, destruction and other management, financial management system and quality assurance system.

Article 7 To apply for engaging in special typesetting, plate-making and binding business activities, the following conditions shall be met:

The (I) has completed the industrial and commercial registration, has the legal personality, and its business scope includes engaging in printing business activities;

The (II) has a fixed production and operation site adapted to business needs;

(III) have the funds to maintain normal production and operation;

(IV) the necessary typesetting, plate-making and binding equipment, and have more than one pre-press or post-press processing equipment produced in the last 10 years (up to the date of submission of the application) and not included in the Restricted and Eliminated Category of the Industrial Structure Adjustment Guidance Catalog;

(5) having an organizational structure and personnel adapted to operational needs;

(6) It has a sound operation management, financial management system and quality assurance system for printing verification, registration, storage, delivery and destruction.

Article 8 If a printing business operator engages in multiple types of printing business activities, he shall simultaneously possess the qualifications of the corresponding categories.

Article 9 The publication management department shall make a decision of approval or disapproval within 20 working days from the date of receipt of the application. If the application is approved, a printing business license shall be issued, and the type of printing business activities engaged in by the printing enterprise shall be indicated in the business scope. Among them, if a production-type digital printing machine applies for printing business activities, it shall indicate in the business scope "to engage in the printing of publications, packaging and decoration printed matter and other printed matter by means of digital printing". If the application is not approved, the applicant shall be notified and the reasons shall be given.

Article 10 The publication administration department must examine and approve the application for engaging in printing business activities in accordance with these Provisions, and shall not approve the application if it does not meet the conditions of these Provisions. Among them, the application for engaging in publication printing business activities, or the application for engaging in printing business activities with a production-type digital printing machine, shall be approved by the publication management department of the provincial people's government. Applications for engaging in packaging and decoration printed matter printing business activities, engaging in other printed matter printing business activities, and engaging in special typesetting, plate making, and binding business activities shall be approved by the publication management department of the municipal people's government divided into districts.

Article 11 The examination and approval of an application for engaging in printing business activities shall, in addition to complying with these Provisions, also meet other conditions stipulated by the relevant printing enterprise aggregate, structure and layout planning of the publication administration department and laws and regulations.

Article 12 A printing business operator shall, in addition to meeting the above-mentioned provisions, meet the following conditions:

(1) The legal representative of the enterprise and the person in charge of the main production and operation must receive legal training in accordance with the requirements of the publishing management department and obtain the Certificate of Qualification for Printing Regulations Training;

The quality of the batch of printing products produced by (II) printing operators shall meet the national or industrial standards;

(3) According to the requirements of the publication management department, the annual report shall be submitted on time through the annual report publicity platform.

Anyone who violates the provisions of this article shall be ordered by the publication administration department of the local people's government at or above the county level to make corrections, and shall be given a warning and fined not more than 30000 yuan according to the seriousness of the case.

Article 13 The printing-related administrative examination and approval items included in the scope of the reform of "separation of licenses and licenses" shall be implemented in accordance with relevant regulations.

Article 14 The publishing administration departments of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government may formulate detailed rules for implementation in accordance with these Provisions and in the light of the actual situation of the administration of the printing industry in their respective regions.

Article 15 These Provisions shall enter into force as of the date of promulgation. The Interim Provisions on the Qualification Conditions for Printing Business Operators issued by the former General Administration of Press and Publication on November 9, 2001, and the Interim Provisions on the Establishment of Foreign-Invested Printing Enterprises issued by the former General Administration of Press and Publication and the former Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation on January 29, 2002 and their series of supplementary provisions shall be abolished at the same time.

Keywords: printing machine