On January 22, 2013 the China SFDA published a Good Supply Practice guidance that will be implemented on June 1, 2013. Businesses will have a 3 year period to phase in the requirements and if this has not been accomplished by the deadline in 2016 they will be required to cease their activities. This is another demonstration that China is working diligently to upgrade the quality of their pharmaceutical manufacture and distribution networks.
The guidance significantly increases the requirements for Quality Management. The relevant chapters include: General Provisions, Drug Wholesale Quality Management, Drug Retail Quality Management, and Supplementary provisions. Significant emphasis is placed on the standards to be implemented for computerized hardware and software systems. The use of controlled computerized systems is intended to both be an aid in protection of drug quality but will also serve as a barrier to entry into this part of the pharmaceutical business.