Certification Regulation for Canadian Exporters in China

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China Compulsory Certification

China Compulsory Certification (CCC) is a compulsory product certification system covering 158 types of products. If you intend to export products to China, you need to be aware of CCC's coverage and requirements.

Some of the principal product categories covered by the regulations include:

For a comprehensive list of the products covered by the new regulations, please refer to the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA), the Chinese government agency that regulates the CCC.

The CCC mark replaced the old Conformity Certification of Electrical Equipment (CCEE) mark (quality assurance symbol for China-made products) and the China Commodity Inspection Bureau (CCIB) mark (quality assurance symbol for imported products). The CCC scheme standardises technical regulations, certification marks, and fee schedules for both domestic and imported products. These changes stem from China's commitment to conform to the World Trade Organisation's Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.

Getting the CCC mark

When Canadian companies are exporting to China, their products, if identified under the CCC regime, must be certified with the CCC mark. The length of time needed to obtain certification varies. CCC's service standard is three months, but the time required can be much longer depending on the nature of the product and required testing.

There are five major steps in the CCC mark application process:

  1. Submission of an application and supporting materials, including credentials of the applicant, a general assembly diagram, an electrical schematic diagram, a circuit diagram, a list of key components and/or main raw materials, a copy of the contract, and other information. A Canadian company can apply on its own, or use an agent or a consultant to manage the application.
  2. Type testing. A CNCA-designated test laboratory in China will test product samples.
  3. Initial factory inspection. A CNCA-designated certification body will send representatives to inspect the manufacturing facilities for the product.
  4. Evaluation of certification results, and approval (or failure or retesting)
  5. Follow-up factory inspection. The certification body will re-inspect the product and the manufacturing facilities on a regular basis. The frequency of follow-up inspection depends on the security level and quality stability of the product and the record of the manufacturer.

Applicants must pay the following fees: the application fees, product testing, initial factory inspections, follow-up inspections, and label costs. Once the application is approved, a CCC certificate is valid for five years. Applicants can apply for the renewal of the CCC certificate 90 days before the expiry of the certificate.

Since the short description in the product catalogue may not be specific enough to determine whether the CCC mark applies to your products, we encourage exporters and potential exporters to review CNCA's "Implementation Rules for Compulsory Certification" booklets which outline detailed technical application requirements for each of the 158 product categories. The booklets each provide a "scope" section, which in some cases includes a more detailed description of which products require the CCC mark.

Potential exemptions

The CCC regime stipulates special conditions under which CCC requirements do not apply, as follows:

CNCA also grants exemptions upon application in order to address special situations in the commercial activities such as manufacturing and importing.

To obtain exemptions, manufacturers, distributors, or agents, have to apply directly to local inspection and quarantine bureaus, with sufficient evidence such as responsibility guarantee certificates, and product compliance announcements (including testing reports). After being approved and obtaining exemption certificates, products can be sold, imported or used for other commercial activities.

Under special circumstances (CNCA Announcement No. 38, 2008), low-volume goods, which are used as a production input and for household consumption do not need CCC certification due to “special use” or “special reasons”, may be exempted from CCC after inspections administered by local inspection and quarantine bureaus and authorized laboratories. Applications for this type of exemption should be addressed to local inspection and quarantine bureaus.

What about components?

Regarding components, CNCA informs us that if a complete product does not require CCC, a component subject to CCC will generally not need a CCC label as long as it is an integral part of the finished product and so shipped. However, a lack of clarity exists regarding the treatment of finished products’ components. Therefore, we strongly recommend that exporters consult a certification body or CNCA directly for clarification prior to export. CCC requirements for parts used for maintenance, repair or operations purposes may be waived, but an application should be made directly to CNCA.

Who to contact

The Trade Commissioner Service can assist you by conducting a preliminary check to see whether your products are likely covered by CCC. Please contact:

Ms. Tingting Li, Trade Commissioner 
Embassy of Canada
19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District
Beijing , PRC 100600
Tel: (86-10) 5139-4137
Fax: (86-10) 5139-4450

CNCA-designated certification bodies

To make further technical inquiries regarding CCC, for formal confirmation, and to proceed with a CCC application, we recommend contacting a CNCA-designated certification body, including one of the following:

China Quality Certification Center
(certification body dealing with a comprehensive range of products)
District 9, South Fourth Ring West Rd #188
Beijing 100070, P.R. China
Tel: (86-10) 8388-6666
Fax: (86-10) 8388-6282

China Certification Centre for Security and Protection
Floor 3, 89 West Third Ring North Road
Haidian District
Beijing 100089, P.R. China
Tel: (86-10) 6334-5560
Fax: (86-10) 6334-5545

Beijing Zhonghua Combination Quality Certification Co., Ltd.
Building #16, District 4, An Hui Li, Ya Yun Chun
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100723, P.R. China
Tel: (86-10) 8488-5497, 8488-5201

Certification Center for Light Industry Council
Yi #22, Fuwai Dajie
Xicheng District
Beijing 100833, P.R. China
Tel: (86-10) 6839-6402, 6839-6564, 6839-6589
Fax: (86-10) 6839-6563

Guojian Lianxin Certification Center
11 Sanlihe Road
Haidian District
Beijing 100831, P.R. China
Tel: (86-10) 8838-6260 ext. 539/535/561
Fax: (86-10) 88387-0972

China Certification Center for Agricultural Machinery
96 East Third Ring South Rd
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100021, P.R. China
Tel: (86-10) 6734-7471
Fax: (86-10) 6731-6737

China Certification Center for Automotive Products
Floor 11, 2 Shouti South Road
Haidian District
Beijing 100044, P.R. China
Tel: (86-10) 6641-8592, 8830-1244
Fax: (86-10) 8830-1243

China Information Security Certification Center
Jia #10, Chaowai Dajie
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100020, P.R. China
Tel: (86-10) 6599-4323
Fax: (86-10) 6599-4271

China Building Material Test & Certification Center
#1, Guan Zhuang Dong Li
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100024, P.R. China
Tel: (86-10) 5116-7395, 5116-7396, 5116-7303

China Quality Mark Certification Group
33 Zengguang Road
Haidian District
Beijing 100037, P.R. China
Tel: (86-10) 8841-1888
Fax: (86-10) 8841-4325

China Certification Center for Fire Products
Jia #108, Yong Wai Xi Ge Xin Li
Chongwen District
Beijing 100077, P.R. China
Tel: (86-10) 6727-4320, 6727-4308
Fax: (86-10) 8727-8660

CCC certification agents

Hundreds of Chinese and international agents and consultants are in the business of assisting companies apply and manage applications for CCC certification. Below, we have provided the contact information of a number of agents. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list. The inclusion of the listed third party service providers should not be considered to be an endorsement. You should independently verify any service providers and complete all reasonable due diligence prior to engaging their services.

CSA Group (Canadian Standard Association)
No. 10 Ke Yan Road, Science City, Guangzhou, Gangdong Province, 510663 China
Tel: 86-20-8732-5160
Contact: Anna Chen

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