Wholesale and Retail Task Force

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  • Terms of ReferenceTerms of Reference

    Having regard to the overall aims of the Business Facilitation Advisory Committee (BFAC), to –

    • review government regulations and procedures impacting on the wholesale and retail sectors, with the aims of cutting red tape, eliminating outdated, unnecessary or burdensome regulations, enhancing regulatory efficiency, transparency and business-friendliness, and reducing regulatory impact and compliance costs to business;
    • provide a platform for the Government to consult the wholesale and retail sectors on regulatory proposals and to thrash out the implementation issues of new or proposed regulations;
    • oversee and monitor development of the review work;
    • explore opportunities for greater use of innovation and technology in facilitating wholesale and retail business; and
    • report progress to BFAC on a regular basis.
  • MembershipMembership

    Convenor
    • Dr Bankee Kwan, JP
    Members
    • Dr Cliff Chan 
    • Mr Kenneth Chan
    • Ms Mabel Chan
    • Ms Sabrina Chan
    • Mr Eddy Chen
    • Mr Henry Chong
    • Ms Chow Yuen-mei
    • Dr Peter Chu, BBS
    • Mr Joseph Ho
    • Mr Peter Johnston
    • Ms Miranda Kwan 
    • Dr Edward Lam
    • Mr Jonathan Lamport
    • Ms Angela Lee, BBS, JP
    • Mr Roy Ng
    • Mr Benson Pau
    • Mr Stanley Sy
    • Mr Albert Tang
    • Miss Peggy Tse
    • Mr Kevin Wong
    • Ms Ruth Yu 

     

  • Papers for MeetingPapers for Meeting

    Papers of the past meetings are listed below by year.

  • 2022

    16 December 2022 (32nd meeting)

    WRTF Paper 73 - Medical Device Administrative Control System (MDACS)

    WRTF Paper 73 with Annex
    Medical Device Administrative Control System (MDACS)

    WRTF Paper 74 - E-services for Wholesale and Retail Licences/Certificate for Medicines under the “Be the Smart Regulator” Programme

    WRTF Paper 74

    E-services for Wholesale and Retail Licences/Certificate for Medicines under the “Be the Smart Regulator” Programme

     

    20 September 2022 (31st meeting)

    WRTF Paper 71 - Municipal Solid Waste Charging

    WRTF Paper 71 with Annex
    Municipal Solid Waste Charging

    WRTF Paper 72 with Annex - Support Measures for Small and Medium Enterprises

    WRTF Paper 72 with Annex
    Support Measures for Small and Medium Enterprises

     

    24 May 2022 (30th meeting)

    WRTF Paper 69 - Technology Voucher Programme

    WRTF Paper 69
    Technology Voucher Programme

    WRTF Paper 70 with Annex - The Mercury Control Ordinance

    WRTF Paper 70 with Annex
    The Mercury Control Ordinance

  • 2021

    15 December 2021 (29th meeting)

    WRTF Paper 67 - Regulatory Framework for Advanced Therapy Products (ATPs)

    WRTF Paper 67
    Regulatory Framework for Advanced Therapy Products (ATPs)

    WRTF Paper 68 - Subsidy Scheme for Encouraging Early Deployment of 5G

    WRTF Paper 68
    Subsidy Scheme for Encouraging Early Deployment of 5G

     

    18 August 2021 (28th meeting)

    WRTF Paper 65 - Promotion of Wider Use of Stand-alone Fire Detectors in Hong Kong

    WRTF Paper 65 with Annex
    Promotion of Wider Use of Stand-alone Fire Detectors in Hong Kong

    WRTF Paper 66 - Implementation of the Food Trader Portal

    WRTF Paper 66
    Implementation of the Food Trader Portal

     

    1 April 2021 (27th meeting)

    WRTF Paper 63 with Annex - Public Consultation on Strengthening Regulation of Harmful Substances in Food

    WRTF Paper 63 with Annex
    Public Consultation on Strengthening Regulation of Harmful Substances in Food

    WRTF Paper 64 - Voluntary Scheme for Phasing Out Personal Care and Cosmetic Products Containing Microbeads

    WRTF Paper 64
    Voluntary Scheme for Phasing Out Personal Care and Cosmetic Products Containing Microbeads

     

  • 2020

    26 November 2020 (26th meeting)

    WRTF Paper 61 - Integrated Services to Support SMEs

    WRTF Paper 61
    Integrated Services to Support SMEs

    WRTF Paper 62 - Amendment to Pharmacy and Poisons Regulations to remove the requirement to submit the actual sales packs of pharmaceutical products for registration

    WRTF Paper 62
    Amendment to Pharmacy and Poisons Regulations to remove the requirement to submit the actual sales packs of pharmaceutical products for registration

     

    27 July 2020 (25th meeting)

    WRTF Paper 59 - Progress of amendments to the Dangerous Goods (General) Regulations and the Dangerous Goods (Application and Exemption) Regulation 2012

    WRTF Paper 59
    Progress of amendments to the Dangerous Goods (General) Regulations and the Dangerous Goods (Application and Exemption) Regulation 2012

    WRTF Paper 60 - Transhipment Cargo Exemption Scheme

    WRTF Paper 60
    Transhipment Cargo Exemption Scheme

     

    12 May 2020 (24th meeting) 

    Joint meeting of the Business Facilitation Advisory Committee, the Wholesale and Retail Task Force, the Food Business and Related Services Task Force and the Task Force on Business Liaison Groups was held on 12 May 2020. Papers for the meeting are available at:

    /en/theme/bf/advisory/intro/papers.htm

  • 2019

    2 December 2019 (23rd meeting)

    WRTF Paper 57 - New Loan Guarantee Product under the SME Financing Guarantee Scheme

    WRTF Paper 57
    New Loan Guarantee Product under the SME Financing Guarantee Scheme

    WRTF Paper 58 with Annex - “Salt / Sugar” Label Scheme for Prepackaged Food Products

    WRTF Paper 58 with Annex
    “Salt / Sugar” Label Scheme for Prepackaged Food Products

     

    16 July 2019 (22nd meeting)

    WRTF Paper 55 - Funding Schemes under the Trade and Industry Department

    WRTF Paper 55
    Funding Schemes under the Trade and Industry Department

    WRTF Paper 56 with Annex - Hong Kong Tourism Board - Work Plan for 2019-20

    WRTF Paper 56 with Annex
    Hong Kong Tourism Board - Work Plan for 2019-20

     

    14 January 2019 (21st meeting)

    WRTF Paper 52 with Annex - Update on Progress of Enhancement of Pharmaceuticals Licence Application and Movement Monitoring System (Phase II)

    WRTF Paper 52 with Annex
    Update on Progress of Enhancement of Pharmaceuticals Licence Application and Movement Monitoring System (Phase II)

    WRTF Paper 53 - Licensing control over sale of hairy crab

    WRTF Paper 53
    Licensing control over sale of hairy crab

    WRTF Paper 54 - Government’s strategy towards prevention of African Swine Fever

    WRTF Paper 54
    Government’s strategy towards prevention of African Swine Fever

     

     

  • 2018

     

    27 August 2018 (20th meeting)

    WRTF Paper 50 - Licensing control over sale of prepacked food requiring hot holding by means of vending machine

    WRTF Paper 50
    Licensing control over sale of prepacked food requiring hot holding by means of vending machine

    WRTF Paper 51 - Dutiable Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 – Prohibition against the Sale and Supply of Alcohol to Minors

    WRTF Paper 51
    Dutiable Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 – Prohibition against the Sale and Supply of Alcohol to Minors

     

    19 March 2018 (19th meeting)

    WRTF Paper 48 Labelling System for Genetically Modified Food and Proposal on Introduction of Pre-market Safety Assessment on Genetically Modified Food

    WRTF Paper 48
    Labelling System for Genetically Modified Food and Proposal on Introduction of Pre-market Safety Assessment on Genetically Modified Food

    WRTF Paper 49 with Annex Hong Kong Tourism Board Work Plan for 2018-19

    WRTF Paper 49 with Annex
    Hong Kong Tourism Board Work Plan for 2018-19

  • 2017

    6 November 2017 (18th meeting)

    WRTF Paper 46 Import Control and Surveillance of Hairy Crabs

    WRTF Paper 46  
    Import Control and Surveillance of Hairy Crabs

    WRTF Paper 47 with Annex Proposed Control Regime of Dangerous Goods in Consumer Packs under the Dangerous Goods (Amendment) Ordinance

    WRTF Paper 47 with Annex 
    Proposed Control Regime of Dangerous Goods in Consumer Packs under the Dangerous Goods (Amendment) Ordinance

     

    19 June 2017 (17th meeting)

    WRTF Paper 43 with Annex Technology Voucher Programme

    WRTF Paper 43 with Annex 
    Technology Voucher Programme

    WRTF Paper 44 with Annex Public Consultation for the Proposed Amendments to the Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations

    WRTF Paper 44 with Annex 
    Public Consultation for the Proposed Amendments to the Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations

    WRTF Paper 45 Implementation of the Code of Practice for Holders of Wholesale Dealer Licence under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance

    WRTF Paper 45
    Implementation of the Code of Practice for Holders of Wholesale Dealer Licence under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance 

     

    8 February 2017 (16th meeting)
    WRTF Paper 41 Enforcement Actions of Customs & Excise Department in the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights WRTF Paper 41 
    Enforcement Actions of Customs & Excise Department in the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
    WRTF Paper 42 Co-operation Agreement Between Hong Kong and Shenzhen on Inspection and Quarantine Arrangement at Qianhai WRTF Paper 42 
    Co-operation Agreement Between Hong Kong and Shenzhen on Inspection and Quarantine Arrangement at Qianhai
  • 2016

    11 October 2016 (15th meeting)  
    WRTF Paper 39 Implementation of Regulations on import control of poultry eggs WRTF Paper 39 
    Implementation of Regulations on import control of poultry eggs
    WRTF Paper 40 Trade Promotion Competition Licence WRTF Paper 40 
    Trade Promotion Competition Licence

     

    8 June 2016 (14th meeting)  
    WRTF Paper 36 Hong Kong’s accession to the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme WRTF Paper 36 
    Hong Kong’s accession to the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme
    WRTF Paper 37 Regulatory Regime for Stored Value Facilities and Retail Payment Systems WRTF Paper 37 
    Regulatory Regime for Stored Value Facilities and Retail Payment Systems
    WRTF Paper 38 Corruption Prevention Training Package for the retail industry WRTF Paper 38 
    Corruption Prevention Training Package for the retail industry

     

    1 February 2016 (13th meeting)  
    WRTF Paper 36 Hong Kong’s accession to the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme WRTF Paper 35 
    Enhancing the monitoring and surveillance of food trading and imports
  • 2015

     20 October 2015 (12th meeting)  
    WRTF Paper 33 with Annex Legislative proposals on regulation of edible fats and oils and recycling of “Waste Cooking Oils” WRTF Paper 33 with Annex 
    Legislative proposals on regulation of edible fats and oils and recycling of “Waste Cooking Oils”
    WRTF Paper 34 with Annex Report of the Task Force on External Lighting WRTF Paper 34 with Annex 
    Report of the Task Force on External Lighting

     

    10 June 2015 (11th meeting)  
    WRTF Paper 31 Progress towards implementation of the Competition Ordinance WRTF Paper 31 
    Progress towards implementation of the Competition Ordinance
    WRTF Paper 32 Brief on the Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulation 2014 WRTF Paper 32 
    Brief on the Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulation 2014

     

     11 February 2015 (10th meeting)  
    WRTF Paper 28 with Annex Implementation of the extension of the plastic shopping bag charging to all retail outlets WRTF Paper 28 with Annex 
    Implementation of the extension of the plastic shopping bag charging to all retail outlets
    WRTF Paper 29  Proposed regulatory framework on nutrition and health claims on infant formula, follow-up formula, and prepackaged foods for infants and young children under the age of 36 Months in Hong Kong WRTF Paper 29 
    Proposed regulatory framework on nutrition and health claims on infant formula, follow-up formula, and prepackaged foods for infants and young children under the age of 36 Months in Hong Kong
    WRTF Paper 30  Microbiological Guidelines for Food WRTF Paper 30 
    Microbiological Guidelines for Food
  • 2014

    10 October 2014 (9th meeting)  
    WRTF Paper 26 with Annex - Update on the progress of registration of proprietary chinese medicines – September 2014 WRTF Paper 26 with Annex 
    Update on the progress of registration of proprietary chinese medicines – September 2014
    WRTF Paper 27 with Annex - Implementation of the pesticide residues in food regulation WRTF Paper 27 with Annex 
    Implementation of the pesticide residues in food regulation

     

    17 June 2014 (8th meeting)  
    WRTF Paper 24 with Annex - Public consultation on the enhanced measures against shop front extensions WRTF Paper 24 with Annex  
    Public consultation on the enhanced measures against shop front extensions
    WRTF Paper 25 - Update on implementation progress of the recommendation on the duration of presence of pharmacists in authorized sellers of poisons WRTF Paper 25 
    Update on implementation progress of the recommendation on the duration of presence of pharmacists in authorized sellers of poisons

     

    13 February 2014 (7th meeting)  
    WRTF Paper 21 with Annex Enforcement of the Newly Amended Trade Descriptions Ordinance WRTF Paper 21 with Annex 
    Enforcement of the newly amended Trade Descriptions Ordinance
    WRTF Paper 22 Update on the Implementation of the Pharmaceutical Licensing Applications and Movement Monitoring System WRTF Paper 22 
    Update on the implementation of the Pharmaceutical Licensing Applications and Movement Monitoring System
    WRTF Paper 23 Review of Small Volume Exemption Fees WRTF Paper 23 
    Review of small volume exemption fees
  • 2013

    16 October 2013 (6th meeting)  
    WRTF Paper 18 Business Impact Assessment on a New Producer Responsibility Scheme on Glass Beverage Bottles – Business Consultation with Wholesale and Retail Task Force WRTF Paper 18 
    Business impact assessment on a new Producer Responsibility Scheme on Glass Beverage Bottles – business consultation with Wholesale and Retail Task Force
    WRTF Paper 19 Electronic submission of application for food business licences and permits WRTF Paper 19 
    Electronic submission of application for food business licences and permits
    WRTF Paper 20 with Annex Task Force on External Lighting “Stakeholders and Public Engagement Exercise” WRTF Paper 20 with Annex 
    Task Force on External Lighting “Stakeholders and Public Engagement Exercise”

     

    5 June 2013 (5th meeting)  
    WRTF Paper 15  Proposed regulation of genetically modified food with Annex WRTF Paper 15 with Annex 
    Proposed regulation of genetically modified food
    WRTF Paper 16  Alignment of fees for food business licences/permits and liquor licences between urban areas and the New Territories with Annex
     

    WRTF Paper 16 
    Alignment of fees for food business licences/permits and liquor licences between urban areas and the New Territories

    WRTF paper 16  Annex -  List of Food Business Licences/Permits and Liquor Licences Fees which Require Alignment    Annex

    WRTF Paper 17 Personal Data (Privacy) (Amendment) Ordinance 2012 – New requirements on the use of personal data in direct marketing   with Annex


     

    WRTF Paper 17 
    Personal Data (Privacy) (Amendment) Ordinance 2012 – New requirements on the use of personal data in direct marketing

    WRTF paper 17 - Annex 1 Guidance Note    Annex 1

    WRTF paper 17 - Annex 2 Exercising Your Right of Consent to and Opt-out from Direct Marketing Activities under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance    Annex 2

    WRTF paper 17 - Annex 3 Personal Data (Privacy) (Amandment) Ordinance 2012    Annex 3

     

    11 January 2013 (4th meeting)   
    WRTF Paper 11 Public Consultation on Draft Enforcement Guidelines for Trade Descriptions (Unfair Trade Practices) (Amendment) Ordinance 2012 with Annex
     

    WRTF Paper 11 
    Public consultation on draft enforcement guidelines for Trade Descriptions (Unfair Trade Practices) (Amendment) Ordinance 2012

    WRTF paper 11 Annex -  Draft Enforcement Guidelines    Annex

    WRTF Paper 12 The Draft Hong Kong Code of Marketing and Quality of Formula Milk and Related Products, and Food Products for Infants and Young Children with Annex

     

    WRTF Paper 12 
    The Draft Hong Kong Code of Marketing and Quality of Formula Milk and Related Products, and Food Products for Infants and Young Children

    WRTF paper 12 Annex 1 - The Hong Kong Code of Marketing and Quality of Formula Milk and Related Products, and Food Products for Infants & Young Children    Annex 1

    WRTF paper 12 Annex 2 - Presentation Material    Annex 2

    WRTF Paper 13 Legislative proposals relating to formula products and foods intended for infants and young children under the age of 36 months in Hong Kong  with Annex 
     

    WRTF Paper 13 
    Legislative proposals relating to formula products and foods intended for infants and young children under the age of 36 months in Hong Kong

    WRTF paper 13 Annex  - Consultation Document    Annex

    WRTF Paper 14 Restriction of sale of energy-inefficient incandescent light bulbs – outcome of public consultation and way forward    WRTF Paper 14 
    Restriction of sale of energy-inefficient incandescent light bulbs – outcome of public consultation and way forward   

If you would like to access Wholesale and Retail Task Force meeting notes/annex(es) issued before 2013, please contact us at bft@effo.gov.hk

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