China Steps Up Business Registration Reform

Date : 2015-08-22  | From :

According to sources from the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), SAIC, the State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform, National Development and Reform Commission, State Administration of Taxation (SAT), General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and State Council Legislative Affairs Office jointly issued a notice calling for efforts to speed up the "three-in-one" business registration reform and ensure the implementation of the model of "three-in-one licence and single identification number" on schedule.


Starting from 1 October, new enterprises and enterprises applying to alter their registration details will receive from SAIC a business licence with a unified social credit code for the legal person and other organisations. There is no need for SAIC, AQSIQ and SAT to issue certificates separately. The Organisation Code Certificate and Tax Registration Certificate will no longer be issued. The notice called on all localities to establish unified registration procedures, unified numbering and coding rules and so on and to fully put into practice the model of "three-in-one licence and single identification number".


A business applying for registration had to submit all kinds of written documents to different departments in the past. The notice specifically called for the unification of registration requirements, registration procedures and formats of documents for registration. An applicant only needs to complete a single application form and submit one set of documents to "a single window". Upon verification by the registration department, a business licence with a single identification number will be directly issued to the applicant and the information will be made public on the national enterprise credit information disclosure system.


The notice called on all localities and all departments concerned to accelerate the establishment of a mechanism and platform for information exchange and transmission and data sharing, speed up systems upgrade and transformation, and make possible instant data exchange as soon as possible. In tandem with the "one licence, one number" change, efforts should be made to achieve docking with the inter-regional and inter-departmental information exchange and transmission and data sharing mechanism in the province, and promote the sharing and application of the basic registration information and related credit information of enterprises.


The notice required all departments concerned to recognise, use and promote the "single identification number" business licence and stop requiring enterprises that have obtained the "single identification number" business licence or are implementing on a pilot basis the system of "one licence, three numbers" and "one licence, one number" business licence to provide their Organisation Code Certificate and Tax Registration Certificate when handling the relevant business.


The "three-in-one" business registration reform involves many departments. The notice urged all departments concerned to strengthen coordination and cooperation to ensure a smooth transition and the smooth and full implementation of the reform measures.