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We Have a List!


With only 12 day before the implementation of the new Foreign NGO Law, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has finally released a list of the professional supervisory units (PSU) for foreign NGOs seeking registration.

The full text in Chinese can be found here.

China Law Translate has done the heavy lifting on getting the document translated. It’s quite a mouthful: Catalog of Fields and Projects for Foreign NGOs with Activities in China, and Directory of Professional Supervisory Units (2017).

The chart indicates which supervisory unit is responsible for various fields, sub-fields, and projects. For example, an educational NGO working in higher education to “support regions and schools of higher learning in improving the quality of education” will need approval from the Ministry of Education and “competent departments of provincial level people’s governments.”

While there are still unanswered questions (what is a competent department?), at least foreign NGOs now know who their potential “mothers-in-law” are. 

Joann Pittman

Joann Pittman

Joann Pittman is senior vice president of ChinaSource and editor of ZGBriefs. Prior to joining ChinaSource, Joann spent 28 years working in China, as an English teacher, language student, program director, and cross-cultural trainer for organizations and businesses engaged in China. She has also taught Chinese at the University... View Full Bio