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Chinese inspection body CSEI surveys first foreign company remotely

1. April 2021

The China Special Equipment and Research Institute (CSEI) is a government-affiliated inspection body that operates under the state market regulator SAMR. The CSEI monitors, inspects and conducts research on machinery and equipment of particular safety significance, such as boilers, pressure vessels, pressure pipelines, cranes, elevators and escalators, amusement park rides, passenger ropeways, and lifting and transport vehicles. In its mission to monitor a manufacturer of pipeline components being imported into China, CSEI conducted the inspection remotely for the first time without on-site personnel.


Due to the global Covid 19 pandemic, CSEI’s overseas surveillance activities are severely limited, if not impossible. In order to continue importing safety-related components for pressure piping, CSEI, with the support of the appropriate authorities, developed and successfully executed a detailed remote inspection plan. In this first case, a manufacturer of metal valves for pipelines was inspected. Based on the good experience and practical feasibility of remote inspection, CSEI plans to offer this option to other foreign companies.

In addition to the CSEI, other certification companies may also commission the so-called SELO license for safety-relevant machinery and equipment. The license is issued by the Chinese authority SELO – China Special Equipment Licensing Office. Like the CSEI, this authority is subordinate to the state market regulator SAMR. Other names for the SELO license are Chinese Manufacture License (CML), China Stamp or Pressure Vessel License. The regulation came into effect in 2014, and foreign and domestic manufacturers need the SELO license to sell their products in China.  Are you interested in SELO licensing for the Chinese market? MPR China Certification GmbH offers to carry out SELO licensing for you.

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MPR Author

About the author: Julian Busch is founder and managing director of MPR China Certification GmbH
Publisher: MPR China Certification GmbH

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