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China Compulsory Certification

Article Date: 22 July 2013

China Compulsory Certification (CCC) covers a lot of products, and policies governing CCC keep changing, causing the reference lists to be very dynamic. CCC is, in essence, a safety licensing requirement put in place by the government of China and administered by the government agency Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA). It requires manufacturers to obtain certification before exporting to China and/or selling certain products in China — the products captured under CCC are specified in the CCC catalogue and it is linked to commodity code numbers. Products arriving in China not meeting CCC requirements or without the evidence that they are compliant may be held at the border by Chinese Customs Authorities and will be subject to other penalties. The easiest thing to do to keep updated is focus on a few product lines.

  • New product categories have been added to the CCC China Compulsory Certification catalogue.
  • The application process for the CCC China Compulsory Certification can take about 90 man-days or longer and it requires the submission of numerous technical documents, a product sample and testing at accredited laboratories in China. In general, if goods require CCC self-certification or third-party testing, results are not permitted. Factory inspections by Chinese officials may be required.
  • Factory inspections can take 12 to 18 months at the applicant’s expense, which could be several thousand dollars.

Here is a quick step list.

Step one: Determine whether your products require China Compulsory Certification.

Examine the CCC product catalogue and determine whether your products, or component parts within your finished goods, require Certification. The CCC product catalogue is a list, originally divided into 132 broad product categories, of all the products requiring CCC.

Step two: Apply.

There are five major steps in the CCC Compulsory Certification application process. The five-step application process includes the following.

  1. Submission of an application and supporting materials, including user guides, CB reports, EMC reports, regulatory labels and other information.
  2. Type testing. A designated test laboratory in China will test product samples.
  3. Factory inspection. The Certification body will send representatives to inspect the manufacturing facilities for your product. They will inspect each factory producing your product (eg if your company manufactures a product in five separate factories, all of which ship product to China, you will need to have five separate factory inspections).
  4. Evaluation of certification results, and approval (or failure or retesting).
  5. Follow-up factory inspection. Manufacturing facilities for the product will be re-inspected by Chinese officials every 12 to 18 months.

Step Three: Note other Chinese licensing requirements.

Like many countries, China has multiple certification schemes. Though CCC is the widest-ranging certification requirement, your product may have to meet other requirements as well. For example, China’s Ministry of Information Industry regulates telecom and Internet equipment and, for certain equipment, requires manufacturers to obtain a “Network Access Licence” and “Network Access Identifier Mark”, which includes requirements for testing in Chinese test laboratories. Similarly, China’s State Drug Administration requires product registration for certain medical devices

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