China ratifies new regulation to step up scrutiny of UAV activities

The meeting came as the speed of innovation in drones and other UAVs has left regulators struggling to keep pace in recent years.

China has approved a new draft regulation on the management of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flights.

Premier Li Keqiang chaired the executive meeting of the State Council on April 7, where China’s cabinet passed the “Interim Measures for the Administration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flights.”

The meeting came as the speed of innovation in drones and other UAVs has left regulators struggling to keep pace in recent years.

The new regulation emphasizes the importance of regulating UAV flights and related activities to promote sustained and healthy development of the industry, while ensuring aviation, public and national security.

The draft prioritizes safety and focuses on the entire chain of production, sales, assembly, modification, registration, identification, personnel qualifications, and operation monitoring.

It aims to accelerate the improvement of the regulatory protocol, strengthen regulatory service platforms, and enhance regulatory capabilities to ensure the safety and orderliness of UAV activities.

Furthermore, the regulation aims to promote innovation-driven development by supporting the R&D of key core technologies, constructing an independent, controllable and reliable industrial and supply chain, and promoting technology integration and innovation.

This is expected to enrich the application scenarios and improve the industrial ecosystem, leading to the high-quality development of relevant industries, according to the draft.

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Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at

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