The General Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China issued a new national-level regulation, the Measures for the Management of Scientific Data (the “Measures”), governing all aspects of scientific data related activities. Since its publication, the Measures have been widely debated among foreign companies doing R&D activities in China. In this client alert, we will be discussing the main obligations imposed by the Measures, as well as providing guidance on this new regulation.
The newly issued Measures for the Management of Scientific Data (the Measures) regulating scientific data in China1 have attracted significant public attention. The Measures may apply to a wide range of activities in various industries involved in collating, generating, processing, sharing, managing and utilising scientific data in China (Scientific Data Projects), which may have an impact on R&D activities conducted in China.