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China Compulsory Certification (“CCC”) Explained

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What: The China Compulsory Certification (CCC) certificate and accompanying mark indicate that a product carrying this certification complies with the appropriate standards for that particular product.

Why: The CCC adds another layer of protection as it indicates that both Chinese manufacturers and importers are legally able to sell the product in Mainland China.


The China Compulsory Certification, commonly referred to as the “CCC,” is both a certificate and an official mark that many classes of products sold in China are required to hold and display. Any product that displays the CCC mark must be licensed, certified, and approved to use the mark. In addition, many products imported into China also may be required to hold this certificate and obtain a license to display the CCC mark.

 
Official CCC mark

Official CCC mark

 

The China CCC certificate indicates that the marked products comply with the appropriate standards for that particular product. The China CCC program strives to support better product quality management and consumer protection.  

 
Example of an official CCC

Example of an official CCC

 

China Compulsory Certification Decoded

Delivered in both Chinese and English, the CCC follows a standard format and contains the following information:

  • CCC logo

  • CCC certificate number

  • Name and address of the applicant, manufacturer, and factory

  • Product details that the certificate covers

  • Standard(s) to which the product(s) adhere

  • Issue date

  • Expiration date

  • Certification company details: name, address, website, logo and stamp, and representative’s signature

Issuing Entities

A number of certification entities can issue the China CCC certificate as long as the Certification and Accreditation Administration, or CNCA, has accredited them. Different entities are responsible for certifying different classes of products, and some are specific to particular industries. For example, the China Certification Centre For Automotive Products (CCCAP) certifies automotive products, and the China Certification Center for Fire Products (CCCF). The vast majority of CCC certificates come from the China Quality Certification Center (CQF), an issuing entity that has a broad scope for accrediting products across a wide variety of industries and categories. The official China CCC site (in English) provides additional information and details about the CCC certification and the process companies must go through to obtain this certification.  

Usage

As we referenced above, a range of Chinese- and foreign imported products are required to carry the CCC certificate and display the CCC mark. That certification allows both manufacturers and importers to sell these products in Mainland China.

Product Category Requirements

Numerous product types must carry the China CCC certificate. We’ve organized them into their respective categories below.   

Consumer products

  • Household and similar electrical appliances

  • Audio and video apparatus (not including the audio apparatus for broadcasting service and automobiles)

  • Lighting apparatus (not including the lighting apparatus with the voltage lower than 36V)

  • Decoration Materials

  • Toys

Automotive

  • Motor vehicles and safety accessories

  • Motor vehicle tire

Commercial machinery and other tools

  • Low power motors

  • Electric tools

  • Welding machines

  • Agricultural Machinery

Public safety products

  • Fire Fighting Equipment

  • Safety Protection Products

  • Safety Glasses

Telecom and other information technology products and components

  • Information technology equipment

  • Telecommunication Terminal Products

  • Wireless LAN products

Electrical components  

  • Electrical wires and cables

  • Circuit switches, electric devices for protection or connection

  • Low-voltage Electrical Apparatus

Verification

As with most official Chinese business documents, it’s important to verify the legitimacy and veracity of a Chinese company’s CCC certificate to ensure that company can use the mark legally on its products. While many small and medium-sized businesses seeking to do business in China can conduct a search and carry out due diligence using the CNCA’s English-language database, that process can prove challenging for the uninitiated. We can help. Nuna Network provides verification services that can help you determine the authenticity of the China CCC certificate and many other documents that are a part of establishing a business relationship with a Chinese company.

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