New Work Plan and Guidelines were released for the inspection and disinfection treatment of imported high risk non-cold chain products.



  • On 7 January 2021, the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council in Response to the COVID-19 has issued the Inspection and Preventive Disinfection Work Plan for Imported High Risk Non-Cold Chain Products (in Mandarin). The Work Plan aims to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through packaging and containers of the imported high risk non-cold chain products.
  • The Work Plan is applicable to
    – Packaging of high risk non-cold chain products which imported from high risk country and their containers (include outer packaging of the products, inner wall of container, surfaces having a high frequency of contact, such as door handles )
    – Commodities that are not suitable for disinfection, including hazardous chemicals, grains, feed and feed additives and products with no outer packaging or the outer packaging could easily cause contamination will be exempted from the disinfection treatment.
  • The Work Plan lists down various aspects, including roles and responsibilities across different departments and stakeholders, activity requirements across different stages along the supply chain.
  • On 21 January 2021, following the gazette of Inspection and Prevention Disinfection Work Plan, the authority issued the Disinfection Guidelines for Imported High Risk Non-Cold Chain Products (in Mandarin). The Guidelines provide recommendations regarding the disinfection treatment, disinfectants used, methods of disinfection and personal protection throughout the disinfection activities for imported high risk non-cold chain products.
  • Based on the Work Plan and Guidelines, the record of disinfection (include date, workers involved, place, disinfection object and disinfectant) shall be kept for at least two years.