Implemented on May 1 2002, the CCC Mark- China Compulsory Certification mark is a mandatory requirement for a wide range of manufactured products before being exported to or sold in the Chinese market, representing safety and quality.
The CCC Mark is required for products in 19 groups divided into totally 132 product categories, including:
Industrial Control Equipment
Information Technology Equipment
Medical devices (Active)
Medical devices (Laboratory Equipment)
Wire and Cable
China has integrated its two compulsory inspection systems, one to check contents of products for import and export, and the other for quality control, into a single procedure as part of its commitment for entry into the World Trade Organization.
According to Chinese laws and Regulation for Compulsory Product Certification, the Compulsory Product Certification System is applied to products related to human life and health, animals, plants, environmental protection and national security.
To gain certification one of the following is required:
Testing or inspection of samples from the factories
Testing or inspection of samples taken from the market
Assessment of the manufacturer’s quality assurance system
Follow-up inspection on certified products
The application process consists of:
Taking sixty to ninety days or longer
Requiring testing at accredited laboratories in China
Generally does not permit self certification or third-party testing result
Requires submission of numerous technical documents
Requires submission of a product sample to the accredited Chinese testing laboratory
Requires a factory inspection by Chinese officials at the applicant's expense
Requires follow-up inspections every 12 to 18 months