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China Updates the Compulsory Product Certification Certificates and Marks

Aug 22, 2023 China Updates the Compulsory Product Certification Certificates and Marks

Authored by Lynn chiam, Regulatory Analyst, Compliance & Risks

On 10 August 2023, the Chinese Certification and Accreditation Administration published an announcement on the management of compulsory product certification certificates and marks (CCC certification). 

The announcement implements Announcement No. 3, 2022 on expanding the application of electronic certificates and the views of the national interoperability and mutual recognition. 

Updates to the CCC Certification

The announcement prescribes the following changes to the compulsory product certification: 

  • The CCC certification would be completely implemented in electronic certificates. The certification agencies will issue paper certificates if requested by applicants.
  • The existing paper certificates remain valid and will naturally transition to electronic certificates through modifications, renewals and so on. Both paper and electronic certificates hold the same legal validity.
  • The production and use of CCC certificates and marks must comply with the requirements specified in the annexes. 

The annexes outline the following provisions:

  • Annex 1 stipulates the management requirements for CCC certificates. The certificates shall contain the following information:
    • CCC mark;
    • Name of the certificate;
    • Certificate number; 
    • Name and address of the certification commissioner;
    • Name and address of the manufacturer; 
    • Commodity name and series;
    • Specifications and models of the commodity; 
    • Compliance with standards and technical requirements; 
    • Implementation rules of CCC certification;
    • Date of issuance and validity period;
    • QR code for query; and 
    • Information on the certification agency. 
  • Annex 2 describes the standard requirement that the CCC mark is molded or affixed on the packaging or outer surface of the commodity in a conspicuous manner. In addition to the physical label, the CCC marks can be labeled electronically only for commodities with integrated screens and electronic nameplates. The annex also specifies that the standard CCC marks should be applied to the minimum sales packaging of such commodities. 

Next Steps

The announcement enters into force on 1 January 2024 and at the same time, it will repeal Announcement No. 10, 2018.

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