The China Compulsory Certification: A New Safety Certification

The China Compulsory Certification (CCC) mark has replaced the old China Commission for Conformity Certification of Electrical Equipment (CCEE) and China Commodity Inspection Bureau (CCIB) marks as of on May 1, 2002. The CCC will replace the previous certification systems as the new safety licensing system for certain types of products. The new system’s product list includes 19 product groups and 132 product categories that include medical devices, latex products, and electrical tools. There will be a transition period of one year for converting previously CCEE and CCIB certified products to CCC. Both CCEE and CCIB marks will be invalid after May 1, 2003.

Application for new CCC marks or to change from CCEE or CCIB marks can be done online at Applicants must first register online and obtain an applicant number, then the necessary documents such as type tests as well as payment for the application must be sent to the China Quality Certification Center (CQC). After the type tests have been approved, an initial factory inspection will be done. Next, a Product Certification Engineer and Assessment Member will then examine the results of the factory inspection, type tests, and other documents to determine whether all the requirements have been met. The final phase of the application would be the rejection or approval of the certification by the President of the CQC. Once approved, products may display the CCC mark to indicate its safety license certification.