What is China Compulsory Certification (CCC) Marking?

CCC Marking

In this guide, you will find a step-by-step outline of how to obtain a China Compulsory Certification (CCC) Marking for your exports to China.

What is China Compulsory Certification (CCC) Marking?

CCC is a conformity assessment system that is required for the importation and sale of goods within China’s borders. This is implemented by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNCA) for the protection of national security, human and public health and safety, as well as prevention of deceptive practices.

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Indicating the Need for a CCC Marking

There are 24 categories of goods that must have CCC Certification. Indicate whether your product needs a CCC Certification by thoroughly looking through this list:  

  • Electrical wires and cables (A)
  • Circuit switches, electric devices for protection or connection (B)
  • Low-voltage electrical apparatus (B)
  • Low power motors (B)
  • Electric tools (A) (B)
  • Welding machines (A) (B)
  • Household and similar electrical appliances (B)
  • Audio and video apparatus (not including the audio apparatus for broadcasting service and automobiles) (A) (B)
  • Information technology equipment
  • Lighting apparatus (not including the lighting apparatus with the voltage lower than 36V )
  • Telecommunication terminal equipment (A)
  • Motor vehicles
  • Motor vehicle tires
  • Safety glasses (A)(B)
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Latex products
  • Medical devices
  • Fire fighting equipment
  • Safety protection products
  • Home decor and remodeling products
  • Safety parts and accessories of vehicles and motorcycles (A)(B)
  • Toy products
  • IT products (B)
  • Ex-products

*** Products marked with (A) do not require CCC markings, however, you may obtain a “Voluntary Certification” to assure that your product is in compliance with Chinese regulations. All products marked with (B) have to apply for a CCC Self-Declaration Certificate.

***If the products do not meet CCC requirements upon importation to China, Chinese Customs may hold it at the border or port of entry and impose penalties on these types of imports.  

The Application Process

1. Documentation: Gather and submit the following information to the appropriate authorities:  

  • Application and Factory Questionnaire- used for initial factory inspection
  • Product Description- include material lists, photos, EMC reports, warning labels, etc.

2. Testing: After the application and product description documents are gathered and submitted, an accredited Chinese laboratory is assigned to perform sample testing of your products.

3. Factory Inspection: The same Chinese inspectors conduct factory inspections on every factory that makes any part for the final product. This is done to make sure that these companies operate according to Chinese standards.

4. Evaluation: After sample testing and factory inspection are complete, the Chinese certifying body reviews the results and determines if a CCC license should be issued for the product(s) in question. 

5. CCC Marking Given: If granted, the CCC marking is affixed to the product. 
6. Follow-Up Inspection: The manufacturing facility gets inspected every 12-18 months to make sure that the exporter complies with Chinese standards. 

  

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I mark my product for CCC Compliance?  

After the CCC Certificate has been issued, the manufacturer can apply for a CCC mark and labeling. The certificate number for the product must be included in the application for printing the CCC Mark. The manufacturer is given two options for this process:  

  • Purchase a standard-sized mark from CNCA
  • Submit a drawing to CNCA for approval with your CCC mark application and print your own mark.  

  

What standards indicate CCC compliance?  

The criteria used for CCC are the Chinese GB or Guobiao national standards, issued by the Standardization Administration of China, the Chinese National Committee of the ISO, and IEC. Many of these standards are equivalent to those used internationally, but with CCC, there are some non-technical requirements that you must adhere to.