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Law Against Unfair Competition of the People's Republic of China (1993)

( Adopted at the Third Session of the Standing Committee of
the Eighth National People's Congress on September 2, 1993.
Promulgated by Order No. 10 of the President of the People's Republic of China on
September 2, 1993. and Effective as of December 1, 1993 )

Supervision and Inspection

Article 16.   The supervising and inspecting authorities above the county level may exercise supervision over and carry out inspection of acts of unfair competition.

Article 17.   In exercising supervision over and carrying Out inspection of acts of unfair competition, the supervising and inspecting authorities are entitled to exercise the following functions and powers:

(1) questioning operators under scrutiny, interested parties and witnesses, and requiring them to provide evidential material or other information related to acts of unfair competition in accordance with prescribed procedure;

(2) consulting and copying written agreements, account books, receipts, bills, vouchers, invoices, documents, records, business correspondence and other material related to acts of unfair competition;

(3) inspecting property related to acts of unfair competition as stipulated in Article 5 of this Law and, where necessary, ordering the operator under investigation to explain the source and quantity of the goods, temporarily stop selling them pending inspection, and not to remove, conceal or destroy them.

Article 18.   When exercising supervision over and carrying Out inspection of acts of unfair competition, members of the supervising and inspecting authorities shall produce warrants of inspection.

Article 19.   When the supervising and inspecting authorities are exercising supervision over and carrying out inspection of acts of unfair competition, the operators under investigation, interested parties and witnesses shall truthfully provide them with relevant data or information.