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As a player in the consumer products sector, you face a myriad of challenges such as globalisation and digitalisation, environmental and health concerns, supply chain management, consumer and media pressure, growing retailer buyer power, the rise of online selling and counterfeiting. All place new demands on your management and business strategy but also drive the need for legal advice. Our team is structured around the key sectors of consumer products including food and drink, cosmetics and personal care, clothing and accessories, electronics, retail industry and household. Whether you are a supplier, investor or other stakeholder, we have consumer products experts to help, whatever your situation.

In order to give you the targeted legal advice your business needs, our teams have experts from every legal area affecting your sector. This means we can guide you on all legal and regulatory aspects - from the financing and acquisition of companies, through to antitrust and unfair competition law, media management, nutritional and health claims, advertising and marketing, strategies for the protection of intellectual property rights, import and export customs, outsourcing, e-commerce, distribution agreements, real estate transactions, product liability and recalls and much more. Our experts will keep you abreast of the latest sector insight and developments, giving you a commercial, as well as a legal edge.

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09 April 2018
Re­call Pro­ced­ure Cla­ri­fied for De­fect­ive Im­por­ted Con­sumer Goods
The Gen­er­al Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­ant­ine (the “AQSIQ”) pub­lished the De­tailed Work­ing Rules on Re­call of De­fect­ive Im­por­ted Con­sumer Goods (the “Re­call Rules”)...
07/04/2015
New AIC Meas­ures will be Chal­len­ging for Busi­ness Op­er­at­ors in China
On 15 March 2015, the Meas­ures for Pun­ish­ments Against In­fringe­ments on Con­sumer Rights and In­terests (“Meas­ures”) is­sued by the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for In­dustry and Com­merce of the People's Re­pub­lic...
06/03/2014
China In­sight - Con­sumer Products
Can a buy­er who pur­chased de­fect­ive food or drugs, know­ing that such de­fects ex­is­ted, claim a full re­fund of the pur­chase price and com­pens­a­tion? Ac­cord­ing to the Ju­di­cial In­ter­pret­a­tion on Is­sues con­cern­ing...

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7 January 2021
SAMR Strengthens Reg­u­la­tion of Re­calls of Con­sumer Goods Sold On­line
The State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion (“SAMR”) is­sued the An­nounce­ment on Strength­en­ing the Reg­u­la­tion of Re­calls of Con­sumer Goods Sold On­line (the “An­nounce­ment”) on 29 Decem­ber 2020...
01 December 2020
PRC Su­preme People's Court Is­sues Draft of In­ter­pret­a­tions Ap­plic­able to...
On 9 Novem­ber 2020, the PRC Su­preme People's Court ("SPC") pro­mul­gated the In­ter­pret­a­tions Ap­plic­able to Se­cur­ity-re­lated Parts of the Civil Code of the People's Re­pub­lic of China (Draft for Com­ment)...
30 November 2020
CMS, China Guide on New PRC Civil Code
On 28 May 2020, the Civil Code of the People's Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC Civil Code”), which is the People’s Re­pub­lic of China’s first com­bined co­di­fic­a­tion of the civil law ever, has been ad­op­ted...
02 October 2020
Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive
China’s Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) con­tin­ues to evolve, of­fer­ing new op­por­tun­it­ies for na­tions, com­munit­ies and busi­nessesIt is now ex­pli­citly aligned with many areas that are in­creas­ing pri­or­it­ies for in­ter­na­tion­al busi­nesses, such as ESG prin­ciples and sus­tain­ab­il­ity. But in 2020 it faces un­pre­ced­en­ted head­winds, in­clud­ing the glob­al pan­dem­ic and trade dis­putes.As a lead­er in many Belt and Road sec­tors, CMS has polled and in­ter­viewed over 500 BRI par­ti­cipants around the world, about their cur­rent think­ing on BRI and the pro­spects they see for it. Our find­ings from China, Asia Pa­cific, Cent­ral and East­ern Europe, Middle East and North Africa re­gion are avail­able now.Re­ports on the Africa and Lat­in Amer­ica will be pub­lished in the com­ing months.me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um
02 October 2020
BRI - View from APAC
The Asia-Pa­cific re­gion (APAC) has seen ex­tens­ive Belt and Road (BRI) in­vest­ment already, and prom­ises much more.But our sur­vey of BRI par­ti­cipants in APAC re­veals un­ex­pec­ted levels of am­bi­val­ence about some as­pects of BRI pro­jects.Can these po­ten­tial dif­fi­culties be tackled in a way that will ad­dress con­cerns about is­sues such as trans­par­ency and sus­tain­ab­il­ity, and en­cour­age the great­er in­volve­ment of in­ter­na­tion­al busi­nesses that China hopes to see? And how are the un­pre­ced­en­ted prob­lems of 2020, in­clud­ing the glob­al pan­dem­ic and trade dis­putes, af­fect­ing the pro­spects of BRI?Our APAC re­port looks at is­sues in­clud­ing:Dif­fi­culties in BRI pro­jects ex­per­i­enced by APAC par­ti­cipants, and the po­ten­tial for resolv­ing these.The ef­fects of Cov­id-19 on BRI.Mit­ig­at­ing BRI risk and man­aging dis­putes.Po­ten­tial trends in the fin­an­cing of BRI pro­jects.The sec­tors at­tract­ing the most in­terest among BRI par­ti­cipants.The im­pact of BRI 2.0.
28 September 2020
BRI - View from China
The Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) con­tin­ues to evolve. Its par­ti­cipants are in­creas­ingly look­ing to meet the trends of the fu­ture. Af­ford­able pro­jects, em­bra­cing mod­ern tech­no­lo­gies and meth­ods, as well the “open, green and clean” ap­proach of BRI 2.0, will of­ten be those that stand the greatest chance of suc­cess – a point un­der­lined by China’s re­cently an­nounced tar­get for car­bon neut­ral­ity and Pres­id­ent Xi Jin­ping’s call for a green re­cov­ery of the world eco­nomy.But how are the un­pre­ced­en­ted dif­fi­culties of 2020, in­clud­ing the glob­al pan­dem­ic and trade dis­putes, af­fect­ing the pro­spects of BRI?Wel­come to the first of a series of re­ports that as­sess the chal­lenges for BRI and the steps that BRI par­ti­cipants can take to achieve both suc­cess for them­selves and a pos­it­ive fu­ture for BRI. This re­port is in­ten­ded primar­ily for a Chinese read­er­ship and is there­fore avail­able in both Eng­lish and Chinese.The re­port ex­am­ines:Why Chinese par­ti­cipants in BRI are more gen­er­ally pos­it­ive about it than non-Chinese par­ti­cipants, and how this may be re­solved.The ef­fects of Cov­id-19 on BRI, and new en­thu­si­asm for the Health Silk Road.How to mit­ig­ate BRI risk and man­age dis­putes.Po­ten­tial trends in the fin­an­cing of BRI pro­jects.The im­pact of BRI 2.0.
13/08/2020
Over­view on Key Is­sues of the Tort Li­ab­il­ity Part of China’s First Civil...
The People’s Re­pub­lic of China’s (“PRC”) first com­bined co­di­fic­a­tion of the civil law ever, i.e. the PRC Civil Code (“PRC Civil Code”) which was ad­op­ted on 28 May 2020 and which will enter...
13 August 2020
Over­view on Key Is­sues of the Tort Li­ab­il­ity Part of Chin­a's First Civil...
The People’s Re­pub­lic of China’s (“PRC”) first com­bined co­di­fic­a­tion of the civil law ever, i.e. the PRC Civil Code (“PRC Civil Code”) which was ad­op­ted on 28 May 2020 and which will enter...
13 August 2020
Sus­tain­able food pro­gress may close glob­al reg­u­lat­ory gap
In­nov­a­tion in the sus­tain­able food sec­tor is for­ging ahead at a re­mark­able pace. Our cur­rent food sources ac­count for nearly one-third of glob­al GHG emis­sions while con­sumers are in­creas­ingly bet­ter edu­cated...
01 July 2020
PRC Su­preme People's Court An­nounces Guid­ing Opin­ions (III) on Tri­al of...
On 08 June 2020, the Su­preme People's Court (“SPC”) of the People’s Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC”) pro­mul­gated the Guid­ing Opin­ions (III) on Sev­er­al Is­sues Con­cern­ing Law­ful and Prop­er Tri­al of Civil...
24 June 2020
Over­view on Key Is­sues of the Con­tract Part of Chin­a's First Civil Code
The People’s Re­pub­lic of China’s (“PRC”) first com­bined co­di­fic­a­tion of the civil law ever, i.e. the PRC Civil Code (“PRC Civil Code”), was ad­op­ted on 28 May 2020 and con­sists of 7 Parts and...
6/24/2020
Over­view on Key Is­sues of the Con­tract Part of China’s First Civil Code
The People’s Re­pub­lic of China’s (“PRC”) first com­bined co­di­fic­a­tion of the civil law ever, i.e. the PRC Civil Code (“PRC Civil Code”), was ad­op­ted on 28 May 2020 and con­sists of 7 Parts and...