The Vaccine Administration Law [疫苗管理法], the revised Drug Administration Law [药品管理法], and a decision of the NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) approving a three-year pilot program in China’s free trade zones (discussed here) take effect on December 1.
The 13th NPCSC is expected to convene for its 15th session in late December. The Council of Chairpersons is expected to meet in mid-December to decide on the agenda and dates of the session.
We expect the session to review a draft Civil Code [民法典] and a draft Urban Maintenance and Construction Tax Law [城市维护建设税法]. The draft amendment to the Patent Law [专利法] and draft revision to the Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Waste [固体废物污染环境防治法] are likely to return for further review. The session may additionally consider the following bills:
- draft Basic Healthcare and Health Promotion Law [基本医疗卫生与健康促进法];
- draft revision to the Securities Law [证券法];
- draft Criminal Law Amendment (XI) [刑法修正案（十一）];
- draft revision to the Copyright Law [著作权法]; and
- draft Civil Compulsory Enforcement Law [民事强制执行法].
We also expect the session to review the NPCSC Legislative Affairs Commission’s report on its recording-and-review work in 2019 and to adopt a decision convening the NPC’s annual session in 2020.
December 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the passage and entry into force of the Environmental Protection Law [环境保护法].