On November 28, the Ministry of Public Security issued new guidance for the registration and activities of overseas non-governmental organizations (NGOs) following the passage of the foreign NGO law in April this year. The guide (which can be found here – in Chinese) provides detailed requirements on NGOs’ conditions, procedures, names, areas of activities, annual plans and reports for the NGO registration process.
The foreign NGO law will come into effect on January 1, 2017, and includes a number of new registration requirements, conditions, procedures, limits on activities, and report filing requirements. The Ministry of Public Security has held a number of meetings with foreign NGOs, consulates and others to explain the process and intent of the law. A summary of one such meeting with Shanghai-based foreign consulates can be found here (in Chinese).
For those with temporary operations in China, and those that are not registered as an organization in China, they will be required to cooperate with a local partner. The approval procedure for this joint set-up should be conducted by the Chinese partner 15 days in advance of the activity. Additionally, the Chinese partner would be required to submit a post-activity report to the relevant registration/supervising body within 30 days following the activity or event. These temporary activities should not exceed one year. If they do, the organizations would need to re-file their application for the second year.