National Population and Family Planning Commission

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(1) Brief Introduction

The National Population and Family Planning Commission is a Central Government agency under the State Council, responsible for population and family planning in China.

The current minister is Li Bin.

Its official site is: www.npfpc.gov.cn/en/index.htm.


(2) Missions

1) To propose guidelines and policies for the national family planning programs; draft laws and regulations related to population and family planning; assist the related departments to formulate social and economic policies so as to promote the implementation of comprehensive approaches for population and family planning programs.

2) To engage in research on national strategies for population development; draft medium and long-term programs and annual plans for the national family planning programs according to the objectives of population programs set by the State Council; set up national plans for family planning program development; take charge of national statistics on family planning; organize and implement national sampling surveys on family planning; and participate in analysis and researches on national demographic statistics.

3) To develop and implement national program for family planning research; organize comprehensive and perspective studies on major population and family planning issues.

4) To formulate national programs for education and publicity on population and family planning; organize and implement national educational and publicity activities on population and family planning.

5) To take charge of technical services of family planning; formulate programs and standards related to reproduction, fertility regulation and infertility; assist health departments to implement programs for healthier babies; direct and supervise technical services and contraceptives delivery of family planning.

6) To draft budgets and final accounts for family planning administrative expenses and capital construction at central level as well as make needs assessment of contraceptives; and monitor finance and state assets of institutions affiliated with the Commission.

7) To develop and implement programs for team-building, education and training for personnel in the population and family planning system.

8) To oversee international exchanges and cooperation in population and family planning; take charge of international collaboration projects in population and family planning.

9) To guide civil societies related to population and family planning.

10) To undertake other missions assigned by the State Council.

(Further missions, from March 2003)

1) To continue to undertake the original missions assigned to the State Family Planning Commission (mentioned as above item 1 to 10).

2) To enhance strategic and perspective studies on major population and family planning issues, such as scale, development trends, quality, and structures of population, so as to promote the implementation of comprehensive approaches for population and family planning programs, and facilitate coordinated and sustainable development between population, economy and society.

3) To take charge of the newly assigned missions, i.e. to draft strategies and policies on population development; coordinate the related departments to solve the problems of unbalanced sex ratio at birth; and promote the development of reproductive health industry.


(3) Organizational Setup

It consists of 10 departments: the General Office, Department of Policy and Legislation, Department of Development & Planning, Department of Publicity & Education, Department of Science & Technology, Department of Finance, Department of Personnel, Department of International Cooperation, Party Committee, Disciplinary Inspection and Supervision Bureau.

Institutions affiliated to the National Population & Family Planning Commission are: National Family Planning Research Institute, China Population and Development Research Center, National Center for Contraceptives Development, China Population News, China Population Publishing House, Logistic Service Center, China Population Communication Center, Training and Communication Center, and Nanjing International Population Training Center.