The China marks (China Compulsory Certificate), also known as the CCC mark, was implemented by the Chinese central authority CNCA (Certification and Accreditation Administration) and AQSIQ in 2002. Since then, it has become the primary certification standard for a wide range of products being imported or sold in China. Products requiring certification are only permitted to be sold on the Chinese market and used in business activities in China, after a CCC certification is obtained and they are properly labeled with a CCC logo (or China mark).
To clarify whether a product must be certified or not, it is helpful to check the GB Standard of the product. For further information on which products require a China mark please see our list of CCC-mandatory products.
The process of a CCC certification, if using the assistance of an advisory firm such as China Certification, will normally take 4-5 months and will require the following steps:
- Preparation of application materials to submit to the Chinese authority,
- Reception of the CCC factory code and requirements for the product tests,
- Product testing in a CNCA-designated Chinese laboratory,
- Factory audit/inspection (this is done in parallel to the tests and usually involves a two-day CCC audit carried out by two Chinese inspectors),
- Issuance of the CCC certificate,
- Reception of permission to print the CCC mark,
- Annual follow-up certification.
The product must be labeled with the China marks after printing permission is granted. The CCC certificate as well as subsequent printing permission must be renewed annually as part of a follow-up certification, which will also include a one-day factory audit.
For information about the costs involved for CCC certification, please see our cost example.