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by Matt Slater
22 February 2016
The China CCC certificate is a document issued to suppliers whose products are licensed to use the CCC mark.
This article gives an introduction to the use of this mark, which is commonly seen on products in both China and overseas, how and why the certificate is issued, and by whom.
Compulsory for many products in China, the CCC mark is not only applicable to Chinese manufacturers, but also to overseas companies wishing to export to China.
The abbreviation CCC stands for “China Compulsory Certification” and the CCC mark looks like this:
The China CCC certificate is a document issued to companies which hold a license to display this logo on their certified products.
The certificate is typically prepared on a standard template with a blue background and comes in two languages – Chinese and English.
Below is an example of a typical China CCC certificate:
A China CCC certificate contains the following details:
The China CCC certificate can be issued by certification bodies accredited by CNCA (the Certification and Accreditation Administration). At the time of preparing this article there were 22 such accredited bodies.
Different certification bodies are accredited for certifying different types of products.
The certification body issuing the most amount of certificates is CQC (the China Quality Certification Center) and they are also accredited for the broadest scope. It is very common to see their certificates.
Other accredited CCC certification bodies tend to be more industry-specific, such as the CCCAP (China Certification Centre For Automotive Products) and CCCF (China Certification Center for Fire Products).
More information about CCC certification can be viewed on the official CCC website.
The China CCC certificate is required for many different products both made in China and imported from overseas. Manufacturers and importers require the certificate to sell their products in mainland China.
A good example of a company which uses the CCC mark is Apple. As you can see from the image below, iPhones sold in Mainland China display the CCC mark.
The scope of products subject to compulsory certification includes items covered under the following 20 categories:
Similar to the commonly-seen CE certification mark used in Europe, the purpose of the China CCC certification is to ensure the compliance of these important products to their relevant Chinese product standards.
The program aims to protect consumers’ personal safety and national security and to enhance product quality management.
Verifying whether the details on a China CCC certificate are consistent with official records is an important task to ensure that an organisation and/or a product is genuinely certified to use the CCC mark.
The CCC accreditation body CNCA provides an online database where checks can be carried out, but you may find that their service, although in English, is quite difficult to use.
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Hi there, I'm Matt, the Founder & CEO of China Checkup. Originally from the UK, I am now based in Brisbane, Australia.
Frustrated by the scarcity of concise, high-quality and timely information about Chinese companies, I setup China Checkup whilst living in Shanghai in 2013.
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This article highlights some of the most significant events during this period in the form of a year by year timeline.
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Listening to China business podcasts can be a great way to get insights on the Chinese market, pick up new knowledge and get fresh perspectives.
The great news is that there is actually a lot of great podcasts out there on this topic - and in this article I have chosen my current top ten.
These podcasts cover business in China from a range of angles - including tech startups, importing/sourcing, economics and more - so if you are interested in learning more about China business you are sure to find quality material here.
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This article identifies over one hundred of the most informative English-language China news websites.
By regularly sharing news from China on our social media channels we have identified many good sources and thought it would be a good idea to share these with you, our readers.
So if you are looking for websites with news on China, look no further than this long list we have compiled.
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