On 29 September 2017, the State Council issued the Decision on Removing a Batch of Administrative Approval Items, among which four items are relevant to commercial encryption products.

The specific administrative approval items concerned included the approval for the manufacturing of commercial encryption products, the permission for the sale of commercial encryption products, the approval for foreign-invested enterprises to use foreign manufactured encryption products, and the approval for foreign organisations and individuals to use encryption products or devices containing encryption technology in China. 

After removing these administrative approval items, the regulatory focus will shift from enterprises to products. The State Encryption Management Bureau will increase supervision over the market and, in particular, prohibit products that are not approved from being sold in the market.

Please click here to read more details (item 28-31).