Upcoming Consultation Exercises

 

Proposed amendments to the Rules of the High Court (Cap 4A) for regulating proceedings before the Court of First Instance of the High Court under the Patents Ordinance (Cap 514), the Registered Designs Ordinance (Cap 522) and the Trade Marks Ordinance (Cap 559)

Tentative Consultation

Period:

Mid-April to Mid-July 2017
Bureau / Department: Intellectual Property Department
Brief Description :

To amend the Rules of the High Court (Cap 4A) in order to bring the current provisions therein up-to-date and make new provisions for regulating proceedings before the Court of First Instance of the High Court under the Patents Ordinance (Cap 514), the Registered Designs Ordinance (Cap 522) and the Trade Marks Ordinance (Cap 559), and also to introduce corresponding amendments into the subsidiary legislation to the latter three ordinances.

Major Affected Business Group(s) * :

Legal profession

All business groups with interests or rights in trade mark, design or patent applications/registrations

Ref No.: 10144

* The list of "Major Affected Business Group(s)" may not be exhaustive. Please contact us if you consider that other business group(s) will also be affected.

 

Amendment to Harmful Substances in Food Regulation (Cap. 132AF)
Tentative Consultation Period: 2nd half of 2017 (Tentative)
Bureau / Department: Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
Brief Description : To better protect health, enhance regulatory control and keep the local regulation abreast of the international standards, it is necessary to review and strengthen the regulatory control of harmful substances, including mycotoxins in food. It is therefore proposed to amend the current Harmful Substances in Food Regulation, Cap 132AF. A public consultation exercise on this issue will be conducted.
Major Affected Business Group(s) * : Food importer, manufacturers, retailers and food service providers.

Ref No.: 10140

* The list of "Major Affected Business Group(s)" may not be exhaustive. Please contact us if you consider that other business group(s) will also be affected.

  

 

Introduction of a Mandatory Pre-market Safety Assessment Scheme for Genetically Modified (GM) Food
Tentative Consultation Period: To be confirmed (Pending FHB consideration and advice on draft consultation document)
Bureau / Department: Food and Health Bureau / Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
Brief Description : The Administration considers regulating GM food by introducing a mandatory pre-market safety assessment scheme (PMSAS) in Hong Kong. Under the proposed scheme, a GM food developer who intends to place a GM food on the local market would be required to submit an application for approval. Food importers are required to ensure that their products contain only approved GM food.
Major Affected Business Group(s) * : Biotechnology companies that develop GM food, food importers
The B/Ds concerned would like to seek specific views from SMEs on the proposed regulatory requirement/administrative measures and procedures: Food importers are prohibited to import and sell GM food or its products that are not approved.

Ref No.: 10142

* The list of "Major Affected Business Group(s)" may not be exhaustive. Please contact us if you consider that other business group(s) will also be affected.

 

 

Proposed Amendments to Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations (Cap. 132V)
Tentative Consultation Period: Tentatively in mid-2017
Bureau / Department: Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
Brief Description : To better protect health, facilitate effective regulation and promote harmonisation between the local and international standards, the work to review and update the Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations (Cap. 132V) (the Regulations) has been embarked. A public consultation on the proposed amendments to the Regulations will be conducted in 2017.
Major Affected Business Group(s) * : Food importer, manufacturers, retailers and food service providers

Ref No.: 10084

* The list of "Major Affected Business Group(s)" may not be exhaustive. Please contact us if you consider that other business group(s) will also be affected.

Last revision date: April 2017