China's evolving biosafety/biosecurity legislations

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Abstract

This paper represents a systematic effort to describe and assess China's evolving biosafety/biosecurity legislative and regulatory regime. It catalogs and analyzes laws, regulations, and measures, including the newly passed Biosafety/Biosecurity Law. Various reasons are underlying China's recently accelerating legislative process for such a law, from international attention increasingly turning biosafety/biosecurity governance into a more regular fixture; the emergence of infectious diseases and even pandemics linked with zoonosis; advances in the global frontier of the life sciences and biotechnology and their integration with other technologies, which, while holding great promise for advancements in global health, raises biosafety/biosecurity concerns; to the strengthening of biosafety/biosecurity governance in many countries. Chinese leadership's 'holistic view of national security' encompasses broad areas of concerns of national security with biosafety/biosecurity being an integral part. However, having progressed alongside its development of the life sciences and biotechnology, China's current biosafety/biosecurity legislative and regulatory regime is far from rising to the challenges and even the newly enacted Biosafety/Biosecurity law still has room for improvement. The paper's findings have significant policy implications for further enhancing China's biosafety/biosecurity legislation and governance and making them better serve domestic interests while converging with international norms.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberlsab020
JournalJournal of Law and the Biosciences
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • China
  • biosafety
  • biosecurity
  • governance
  • legislation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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