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17 August 2020
On 29 May 2020, against the backdrop of the COVID-19 outbreak, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) issued the Notice on Eliminating Copycats of Famous Hospitals and Other Healthcare Institutions.
The notice aims to eliminate from the healthcare industry copycats that are free-riding on the reputation of trade names or famous hospitals – in particular, 'Union' ('协和'), 'Huashan' ('华山'), 'Xiangya' ('湘雅'), 'West China' ('华西'), 'Qilu' ('齐鲁'), 'Tongji' ('同济') and 'Tiantan' ('天坛').
The SAMR has vowed to take several measures, including:
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