An updated code, jointly revised by the National Health Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, stipulates that the whole process of medical studies, covering everything from the project application through to the publication, review and appraisal of research results, should be subject to the integrity and good faith requirements. It also stresses bio-safety in research work, including work involving pathogens. All documentation and data generated in medical research should be kept by the supervising research institution. The code also makes a fresh attempt at stemming scientific dishonesty in such research.

Xinhua news release, February 22, 2021