On August 17, 2012, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) issued the Notice on Further Improving the Administration of Commercial Franchises. According to the notice, MOFCOM has established a Commercial Franchise Administrative Office comprised of the department of circulation industry development, department of treaty and law, department of finance, department of market supervision, department of trade in services and commercial services and department of electronic commerce and informatization. Under the notice, MOFCOM requires its local counterparts to strengthen the administration of franchisor filing system and publicize the filing information. It also requires commercial authorities at all levels to effectively handle the complaints received from the “12312 reporting and complaint service center” and gradually establish a credit record and evaluation system for franchising enterprises.

The full Chinese text of the notice is available here.