Food safety management is one of the sectors selected for Outcome 1 of the UK-China Business Environment Programme Standards Strand: improvement in the adoption and use of International Standards in China.

The safety of food in China (as in most countries) is a regulated sector. There are a number of international standards that can support effective regulations and access to markets through greater alignment. The programme seeks to increase the levels of adoptions of internationally aligned standards for food safety and the safe production of food products in China.

The adoption and implementation of food safety management system standards in China will be piloted in small scale food producers in rural areas in China to demonstrate the value of being able to provide assurance of quality and safety to access supply chains in China and beyond.




Step 1 – Adoption of standards

  • Training and dissemination around International Standards for Food Safety Management will lead to their adoption and use
  • Adoption and use of International Standards will increase participation and understanding of industry stakeholders on the importance and benefits of adopting International Standards for Food Safety Management
  • Business opportunities for the sale and distribution of food will increase if International Standards are adopted in China.

Step 2 – Piloting of standards

  • BSI and NMPA have proposed to pilot the implementation of suitable standards for Food Safety Management in China

The theme of the pilot project is piloting the use of International Standards for Food Safety Management System (FSMS) standards in up to five small scale food producers in rural areas in China. The programme will provide:
1. Training related to the implementation and use of FSMS standards to groups responsible for maintenance of conformity to the standard.
2. Field visits to support the implementation of FSMS and pre-assessment audit.
3. Application for certification of enterprises and awareness-raising activities on the importance of International Standards.