CCC Mark: Brief Introduction to the China Compulsory Certification Process
The China Compulsory Certificate mark—commonly known as the CCC Mark—is a compulsory safety mark applied to many products imported, sold or used on the Chinese market. It was implemented on May 1, 2002 and became fully effective on August 1, 2003.
It appeared after merging of two former Chinese compulsory inspection systems, namely CCIB (Safety Mark, introduced in 1989 and applied to products in 47 product categories) and CCEE (also known as the Great Wall Mark, for electrical commodities in 7 product categories). This significantly simplifies international trade with China and creates a “level playing field” for all market participants. However, special certificates for medical products (SFDA) and telecommunication equipment are still required.
The China Compulsory Certification (CCC) was introduced in 2002. Products, which require the certification, may be imported, sold and/or used for business activities in China only after the China Compulsory Certification process is completed. When fail to comply with CCC regulations, the imported goods can be detained at the border or returned to the sender.
Before CCC certified products are sent to China, they must be marked with the CCC logo. The exact regulations for the marking are provided by the Chinese authority CNCA (Certification and Accreditation Administration).
Starting from March 20, 2018, CNCA no longer needs to approve the application of the CCC mark and the CCC mark application fee is also rescinded. Now manufacturers are able to print and use the CCC mark without the CNCA’s permission based on the CACA regulations. However, this doesn't allow manufacturers to apply the CCC logo to products that don't complete the certification.
According to the Chinese regulations, a manufacturer has the right to choose a marking method. However, limitations or specific marking requirements may be applied to specific product groups. It is recommended for a manufacturer to discuss the proposed marking details with a certification authority during the certification process for better understaning of the existing regultations.
Requirements for the CCC marking:
If the mark is applied via injection molding or laser gravure, the CCC logo and factory code (factory identification code: single letter + a six-place number code) must be placed on the product itself.
For product marked with a label, a manufacturer’s name/trademark and a model name must be added as well.
The CCC mark can be applied to the products with the following methods:
- Injection molding
- Unique label
Forms of marking different from the above-mentioned methods must satisfy the regulations of CNCA and meet the readability and product-specific requirements.
The CCC Mark is a compulsory safety mark applied to many products imported, sold or used on the Chinese market since August 1, 2003.
Now manufacturers are able to print and use the CCC mark without CNCA’s permission based on the CACA regulations.
The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team