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Regulations on the Administration of Foreign Contracted Projects

Scope of Application

Regulations for relevant departments under the State Council and contractors operating overseas.


Offers basic regulations to enhance the implementation of foreign contracted projects through supporting policies and measures, along with engineering service systems and risk protection mechanisms.

General Key Points

Contractors should:

  • Follow safety conditions of host countries and regions.
  • Formulate plans for emergencies. 


Contractors must:

  • Abide by local laws. 
  • Be fined for failing to conduct and implement the necessary safety checks and precautions, treating workers poorly or underpaying them, or having inadequate qualifications prescribed by the Chinese Government.


The Chinese Government and Contractors must:

  • Implement and manage construction projects in accordance with Chinese regulations.


Commerce Departments and Relevant Departments should:

  • Establish a safety risk assessment mechanism for projects, publish results, and guide contractors toward preventing safety risks. 
  • Establish and improve the mechanisms for early warning, risk prevention, and emergency response.
Key Points on Stakeholder Engagement

Contractors should:

  • Protect the rights and interests of Chinese workers.
    • Provide labor contracts in accordance with Chinese laws.
    • Include working conditions and remuneration in contracts.
  • Respect local customs and traditions.
  • Promote local economic and social development.
  • Identify special safety management institutions and staff responsible for protecting the safety of Chinese workers and their property.
  • Conduct targeted safety and emergency training and education to enhance staff’s ability to protect themselves.


Relevant Chambers of Commerce and Industry Associations should:

  • Provide their members with information and training.
  • Maintain fair competition.
  • Support members' interests. 
Key Points on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

Contractors should:

  • Pay attention to environmental protection.
Applies to
July 2017
State Council
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