CEL: Annual reporting required from companies with CEL certificates30. May 2014
On February 20, 2014, the Chinese authority CELC (China Energy Label Center) has published an official announcement on its website. The notice applies to companies whose products are registered with the CELC and are labeled with the China Energy Label (CEL). For the first time, these companies are requested to submit an annual report for 2013 to CELC, stating the following points:
- General information about the range of CEL certified products in the respective company
- Technical specifications and energy saving properties of CEL certified products
- Number of products labeled with CEL
- Description and frequency of verification tests and internal product inspections and their results
- Recall notices (if any) of defective products in 2013.
There are three report templates on the CELC home page that are available for download by CEL certificate holders. By using the templates the CELC can ensure consistency in reporting, guaranteeing a standardized process and a quicker, and more efficient way to evaluate information. Unfortunately, the templates and the official announcement are only available in the Chinese language. However, this does not excuse Non-Chinese companies from complying with the new regulation. All manufacturers, Chinese and Non-Chinese alike, are obligated to submit the required completed documents regarding their use of the China Energy Label (CEL) to the China Energy Label Center (CELC).
China Certification can assist you in completing the necessary CEL report for your company. Call us directly (UK: +44 2071931135, US: +1 773 654-2673) or email us. We are always happy to help.
The announcement stated that the deadline for submitting the necessary paperwork was March 15, 2014. It is unclear why there was such short notice, but companies that did not keep the deadline could lose their CEL approval and the cancellation of their CEL certificates could threaten.
Since the requirement of the CELC requires a significant effort for the affected manufacturers and due to the fact that CELC might continue to call for this yearly report, CEL certified companies should start as early as possible to gather all necessary information.
CEL certified companies should start the process of gathering the required data and submitting the necessary forms to comply with the new requirement as soon as possible. The CELC may continue to require these annual reports going forward. It is recommended to implement a documentation system which records the required data in regular intervals throughout the year.
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