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Although many factory's have their own laboratories, few of these are independently certified so requesting testing by external testing body is a wise move in many circumstances.
These testing bodies should be accredited and you can make sure of this by requesting a copy of their China laboratory accreditation certificate.
Most large economies have systems in place for categorizing their companies, and China is no different.
The China Industry Classification system is widely used in the collection of official statistical data on companies and organizations throughout Mainland China.
The China HACCP certificate is issued to Chinese organizations which have been certified to have effectively implemented recognized processes for hazard prevention.
An acronym for "Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point", HACCP is an approach commonly used in the food industry to ensure that the risks of biological, chemical and physical hazards are reduced.
For Chinese automotive suppliers, holding a China ISO/TS 16949 certificate is usually a prerequisite for making overseas sales, at least when working with leading automobile manufacturers.
The industry places much emphasis on possessing the certificate, which is issued when a company’s quality management system is deemed to meet requirements of the ISO/TS 16949:2009 standard.
In certain industries with tight environmental demands, possessing a China ISO 14001 certificate may be an essential requirement for Chinese companies.
Holding this certificate indicates that the company’s environmental management system has been certified to the ISO 14001 standard.
The China ISO 9001 certificate is a commonly received document when dealing with Chinese companies, which if verified, indicates that the organisation’s quality management system has been certified.
With more certifications in China than any other country, these certificates are far from rare, but regrettably we have found that there are many expired, adjusted, or simply fake certificates out there.
If your Chinese supplier has a trademark on their products, this implies that they should have China Trademark Registration and in turn a China Trademark Registration Certificate.
With more and more Chinese companies becoming aware of the importance of trademarks, they will choose to register their trademarks officially so as to protect their intellectual property.
When doing business with a Chinese company, a China tax registration certificate may be included in the paperwork exchanged by the Chinese party.
Verifying this certificate can help you identify if the company is registered and whether or not it is actually from the Mainland.
For a Chinese company to engage in the import and export of goods on their own, one critical document they need is the “China Foreign Trade Registration Certificate”.
This article provides some background information on this certificate and an overview of why it is so important to Chinese exporters.
When doing business with a Chinese company you will often be supplied with a China Customs Registration Certificate.
This article provides some background information on this certificate and gives an explanation of its relationship with the Foreign Trade Registration Certificate.
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.
A China bank account certificate is a permit which allows a Mainland China-registered company do open a corporate bank account and conduct financial business in China.
When doing business with a Chinese company, asking them to provide you with a copy of this certificate allows you to ensure they have a bank account in China and you can even insist on making payments to this account.