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China Opens Food and Drug Center of Excellence in Beijing

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China has opened a food and drug center of excellence in Beijing. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is supporting the initiative to help China establish a harmonized, competency-based food and drug safety training system.

Representatives of UNIDO, the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges and China Food and Drug Administration’s Institute of Executive Development (CFDAIED) signed off on the creation of the center of excellence earlier this year. The initiative has a total budget of $500,000, a little more than one-third of which is due to be spent this year. UNIDO reports $32,000 has been spent so far.

The investment is intended to equip China to create a country-wide food and drug safety training system that is in line with, and recognized by, international standards and organizations. Specific tasks include international training through profiling, benchmarking and capacity building.

UNIDO will help out with the overall capacity development framework and provide support with the food safety side of the project. CFDAIED will leverage the food sector work to design drug-related content, possibly with the support of UNIDO. The project is due to run until October 2021

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