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October 5, 2018

How Does My Organization Find a Professional Supervisory Unit?

How does my organization find and contact a Professional Supervisory Unit (PSU)? Which entities in China are approved to work as PSUs?

The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has released a list of approved Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs), arranged by field of specialization (see below). In addition, most provincial-level MPS foreign NGO offices have posted more specific PSU lists for their provinces. Using these lists as a guide, organizations can reach out to relevant PSUs directly to request their sponsorship. According to one source, MPS representatives have indicated that the MPS will not assist foreign NGOs by helping pair them with PSUs.

MPS officials have indicated that they plan to update the PSU list as necessary to include relevant entities; if a logical or appropriate entity is not on the approved PSU list, a foreign NGO might consider informing the MPS and requesting its inclusion. As of October 1, 2018, at least 11 entities that were not initially included on the 2017 PSU List have since sponsored foreign NGOs. These are:

  • The State Administration of Grain
  • The State Ethnic Affairs Commission
  • The Ministry of Land and Resources
  • The Chinese Association for International Understanding
  • The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries
  • The Shanghai Institutes for International Studies
  • The Communist Youth League of China
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (provincial-level Foreign Affairs Office)
  • The Civil Aviation Administration of China
  • The State Council Taiwan Affairs Office (provincial-level Taiwan Affairs Office)
  • Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (provincial-level Administration of Quality and Technical Supervision Office)

A full list of PSUs that are sponsoring foreign NGOs can be found here.

Note that a PSU is different from a Chinese Partner Unit. PSUs are paired with foreign NGOs registering a representative office in China (meaning that they will have a full-time presence in the mainland). PSUs can only be selected from lists provided by the MPS. Chinese Partner Units, on the other hand, are organizations that work with a foreign NGO to carry out a temporary activity. More information about Chinese Partner Units is available here.

Contact information for some of these PSUs, as provided by the MPS, is listed below. Links to provincial-level PSU lists, as available, are here.

Contact Information for National-Level Professional Supervisory Units

Translated from information available on the MPS website.

  • National Development and Reform Commission, Department of International Cooperation: 68501344
  • Ministry of Education, Department of Exchanges and International Cooperation: 66096326
  • Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of International Cooperation: 58881301
  • Ministry of Civil Affairs, Department of International Cooperation: 58123284
  • Ministry of Justice, Department of Judicial Assistance and Foreign Affairs: 65153029
  • Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Department of Employment Promotion: 84201537
  • Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Department of Professional Capability Training: 84207448
  • Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Department of Technology Professionals Administration: 84207353
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection, Center for Foreign Cooperation: 82000595. 82000596
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Department of Planning, Finance, and Foreign Affairs: 58933107
  • Ministry of Transport: 65292244
  • Ministry of Water Resources, Department of International Cooperation and Science and Technology: 63202705
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Department of International Cooperation: 59193228
  • Ministry of Commerce, Department of Foreign Trade: 65197416
  • Ministry of Culture, Bureau for External Cultural Relations: 59881988
  • National Health and Family Planning Commission, Department of International Cooperation: 68792291
  • Cyberspace Administration of China, Office of Internet and Society: 55635734
  • National Audit Office, Department of Finance: 50992985
  • General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine, Department of International Cooperation: 82262172
  • State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television, Department of International Cooperation: 86092091
  • General Administration of Sports, Personnel Department: 87182366
  • State Administration of Work Safety, Department of International Cooperation: 64463654
  • China Food and Drug Administration, Personnel Department: 88331512
  • National Bureau of Statistics, Department of Policy, Laws, and Regulations: 68782626
  • State Forestry Administration, Center for Foreign Cooperation Projects: 84238942
  • State Intellectual Property Office, Department of International Cooperation: 62083801
  • State Council Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, Division of Overseas Chinese Affairs, Department of Domestic Affairs: 88387987
  • State Council Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, General Office, Department of Foreign Affairs: 88387949
  • China Banking Regulatory Commission, Department of Laws and Regulations: 66299367
  • China Securities Regulatory Commission, Department of International Cooperation: 88061113,
  • China Insurance Regulatory Commission, International Department: 66286736, 66286527
  • National Energy Administration, Department of International Cooperation: 68502239,
  • State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs, Department of Policy, Laws, and Regulation: 68948899-50408
  • State Oceanic Administration, Department of International Cooperation: 68047072
  • State Administration of Cultural Heritage, Personnel Department: 56792119
  • State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Department of International Cooperation: 59957719
  • State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, General Department: 84419915
  • China Federation of Trade Unions, Community Liaison Department: 68591511, 68591516
  • All-China Women’s Federation, International Department: 65103261
  • China Association for Science and Technology, International Department: 62145688
  • China Disabled Persons’ Federation, International Department: 66580032

Updated July 30, 2017.

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