Public Accounts Committee



SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT OF THE

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE

ON

REPORT NO. 53 OF THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT

ON

THE RESULTS OF

VALUE FOR MONEY AUDITS



June 2010

P.A.C. Report No. 53A






CONTENTS


Paragraph

Page

Part 1Introduction

The Establishment of the Committee

1

1

Membership of the Committee

2 - 4

1

Part 2Procedure

The Committee's Procedure

1

2

Confidentiality undertaking by members of the Committee

2 - 3

3

The Committee's Report

4

3

The Government's Response

5

3

Part 3Committee Proceedings

Meetings

1

4

Arrangement of the Report

2 - 3

4

Acknowledgements

4

4

Part 4Control of western medicines

A.Introduction

1 - 2

5

B.Review of existing regulatory control of medicines and importation of unregistered medicines

3 - 26

5 - 14

C.Inspection of dealers' activities and other enforcement actions

27 - 50

14 - 22

D.Medicine testing, recalls and public alerts

51 - 63

22 - 28

E.Licence-refusal criteria, prosecutions and disciplinary actions

64 - 71

28 - 31

F.Public information and internal support

72 - 75

31 - 32

G.Conclusions and recommendations

76

32 - 41

SIGNATURES OF THE CHAIRMAN, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THE EXAMINATION OF THE CHAPTER COVERED IN THIS REPORT



42

CHAPTER IN THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT'S REPORT NO. 53 DEALT WITH IN THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE'S SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT



43

Appendix relating to Part 1: "Introduction"

APPENDIX 1Rules of Procedure of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region



44 - 45

Appendix relating to Part 2: "Procedure"

APPENDIX 2Paper presented to the Provisional Legislative Council by the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee at the meeting on 11 February 1998 on Scope of Government Audit in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - 'Value for Money Audits'



46 - 48

Appendices relating to Part 3: "Committee Proceedings"

APPENDIX 3Witnesses who appeared before the Committee



49

APPENDIX 4Introductory remarks by Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Dr Hon Philip WONG Yu-hong, GBS, at the public hearing of the Committee on Tuesday, 8 December 2009



50 - 51

Appendices relating to Part 4: "Control of western medicines"

APPENDIX 5Opening statement made by the Secretary for Food and Health at the public hearing on 15 December 2009



52 - 53

APPENDIX 6Opening statement made by the Secretary for Food and Health at the public hearing on 8 February 2010



54 - 55

APPENDIX 7Letter of 22 January 2010 from the Director of Health



56 - 86

APPENDIX 8Letter of 11 March 2010 from the Director of Health



87 - 91

ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS



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