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BFAC welcomes Government's continuous efforts to facilitate business compliance
The following is issued on behalf of the Business Facilitation Advisory Committee Secretariat:

     The Business Facilitation Advisory Committee (BFAC) held its 33rd meeting today (November 25). The Water Supplies Department (WSD) briefed the committee on the key findings and recommendations of the Business Impact Assessment (BIA) study in the development of the mandatory use of designated products registered under the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme for all related internal plumbing works proposed in the form WWO46.

     The committee also noted the work of its three task forces. This includes:

(a) The Centre for Food Safety of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) updated the Wholesale and Retail Task Force on its facilitation efforts on the implementation of the regulations on import control of poultry eggs.

(b) The WSD consulted the Food Business and Related Services Task Force (FRSTF) on the proposed mandatory use of designated products registered under the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme for all related internal plumbing works proposed in the form WWO46 (the Proposal). In view of the operational nature of restaurant kitchens, the BIA consultant suggested kitchens in non-domestic buildings be excluded from the Proposal. The FRSTF welcomed the consultant's suggestion.

(c) The FEHD and the Environmental Protection Department jointly updated the FRSTF on the progress of administrative control measures to regulate the recycling of waste cooking oils by licensed food premises.

(d) The Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Home Affairs Department and Buildings Department jointly updated the Task Force on Business Liaison Group (BLGTF) of an established mechanism such that only one party will carry out the building safety inspection for alteration and addition works at a billiard establishment inside a licensed club.

(e) The FEHD briefed the BLGTF that any premises issued with restaurant licence (including bars) meeting the criteria for a bona fide restaurant can apply to the FEHD for exemption of a karaoke establishment permit.

     The committee also appreciated the continuous efforts of the bureaux and departments in further enhancing their business licensing services under the "Be the Smart Regulator" Programme. 

     Papers for the committee meeting will be available at www.gov.hk/en/business/supportenterprises/bf/advisory/index.htm for public access.
Ends/Friday, November 25, 2016
Issued at HKT 17:53
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