The shortest route to CCC certification, a CCC Self-Declaration or a China voluntary certification is China Certification’s all-inclusive package. We understand that CCC can be a complex hurdle for manufacturers and therefore, we competently cater to their needs at every level by providing the following services:
Checking the necessity of certification for products;
Complete CCC application preparation (including assistance with form completion, communication with the certification authority, and handling the necessary payments);
Complete handling of the product testing (completion of the customs clearance, document exchange, handling of payments, communication with Chinese test labs and evaluation of test reports);
Complete audit preparation (application, coordination and communication with the certification authority, document exchange, handling of payments, organization of inspection and travel program, as well as providing the required documents, information and checklists for the audit preparation);
One day pre-audit (Working through provided checklists, review of Quality Management documentation, Support in preparation of control procedures for CCC certification);
Complete audit escort (travel escort for the auditors, a professional interpreter (Chinese-English) for the audit and checking of the inspection report);
Preparation of the marking according to the Chinese regulations and templates of procedures for product labeling with the CCC logo and factory code;
Complete organization of follow-up certification, including audit;
If needed, we can also provide pre-audits to ensure a positive outcome of the CCC audit. We also assist our clients with revising their quality management documents as well as any other documented procedures related to certification.
China Certification maintains excellent long-standing relationships with key personnel in the certification centers and test labs in China. With subsidiaries in shenzhen, we maintain a presence in China, which allows us to offer optimal service for all CCC applicants. We combine Western and Chinese strengths in our international management team, providing a multi-cultural understanding that shows in our work with clients, partners and certification authorities.
What is CCC (CCC Certification/CQC Certificate)
China Compulsory Certification (CCC) is similar to other certifications for product quality standardization–such as the European CE system–but there are important differences. The CCC certificate was introduced in 2002 and applies to imported goods as well as to Chinese products. Products which require certification may only be imported, sold and/or used in business activities in China, after a China Compulsory Certification has been obtained.
Since October 2019 there is a CCC-Self-Declaration or a voluntary certification for certain product groups.
Failure to comply with CCC regulations will lead to imported goods being detained at the border or returned to the sender. Likewise, improper use of CCC licenses or printing a CCC-mark on products without certification will also result in fines and penalties. Even if a product does not need China Compulsory Certification, problems may still arise if a customs officer demands a CCC certificate. For this reason, Clearance Certificates are recommended in order to significantly reduce the risk of import-related problems.
The CCC replaced the certifications of the “China Import and Export Commodity Inspection Bureau (CCIB)” and the “China Commission for Conformity Certification of Electrical Equipment (CCEE)” thereby significantly simplifying foreign trade with China and creating a “level playing field” for all market participants. However, special certificates for medical products (SFDA) and telecommunication equipment remain in place.
The two most important elements of China Compulsory Certification (CCC) certification are product testing (products that are to be certified are sent to test laboratories in China) and factory audits (inspection of the product manufacturers by Chinese auditors). Once a certification is granted, it is valid for several years but must be maintained through annual follow-up audits.
The CCC certification, the China CCC Self-Declaration and a voluntary certification process also include comprehensive application documents, factory preparation and various payments and fees. Through the aid of a company like China Certification, the entire process can be completed within 4-5 months; without support, the process typically requires 6-18 months.
Manufacturers of products with a CCC obligation are required to apply for the CCC Certification with the responsible certification authority. These are the most important Chinese certification authorities:
For more China CCC information, please read our free information booklet “CCC Made Easy“, which contains a special focus on certification for automotive suppliers.