Zheng Xiaoyu, the former director of China's State Food and Drug
Administration (SFDA), went on trial Wednesday accused of taking bribes worth
more than 6.4 million yuan (800,000 US dollars), a Beijing court said.
He is also charged with dereliction of duty, said a spokesman with the
Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People's Court.
Zheng, born in December 1944, was appointed director of the SFDA when it was
created in March 1998. He was removed from the post in June 2005.
In 2002, China adopted national standards for approving medicines. All new
medicines had to be approved by the SFDA before they could be sold.
Zheng promoted a certification system called Good Manufacturing Practice
(GMP), which was brought into disrepute by a series of health scares and
He came under investigation by the Communist Party of China Central
Commission for Discipline Inspection in December 2006 and was expelled from the
Communist Party in March 2007.
Earlier reports said that Zheng's subordinates provided evidence against
their former boss.
Hao Heping, former director of SFDA's Department of Medical Devices and one
of Zheng's former secretaries, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for bribery
in November last year.
Cao Wenzhuang, former director of SFDA's Department of Drug Registration and
also another former secretary of Zheng, has been under investigation since
January of last year.
Zheng's trail continues.