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CQC: The CQC Publishes Information about the GB Standard for Covers of Switchgear and Control Gear Assemblies

7. July 2015
The CQC (China Quality Certification Centre, in Chinese: 中国 质量 认证 中心), recently published a notification of an updated GB-Standard for “covers of low-voltage switchgear and control gear assemblies.”

According to the CQC the new GB-Standard, GB/T 20641-2014 (announced June 1, 2015), replaces the previous GB-Standard, GB/T 20641-2006. The new requirements for the product range “covers for low-voltage switchgear and control gear assemblies” are relevant to all manufacturers who wish to apply for a voluntary certification for a CQC certificate or who already possess such a certificate.

Manufacturers who choose to get the CQC Mark certification will minimize their chances of having problems at customs, and will have an advantage if CCC becomes mandatory in the future. Certificate holders with existing CQC Mark certificates of “covers for low-voltage switchgear and control gear assemblies” will need to update their certificate with reference to the new standard no later than December 31, 2016 to maintain the validity of their certificates. To update the certificates the affected manufacturers must present proof of the annual factory audits and that the new requirements were implemented within the factory. The products will also need to be re-tested to the new standards in a CQC authorized test lab in China. If the certificate is not updated to the new GB Standard, GB/T 20641-2014, by June 1, 2017 the certificate will be cancelled.

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The CQC website regularly publishes new announcements about products that require CCC certification as well as products that can be certified with a Voluntary CQC Mark Certification. It is the responsibility of the shipper and/or manufacturer to carefully check every product and to fully understand the applicable regulations prior to shipping. Each product category of the Voluntary CQC Mark Certification has its own Certification Rules, which are based on the National GB Standards. The Certification Rules have a corresponding Implementation Rule which the product must comply with in order to get a Voluntary CQC Mark Certification. The Implementation Rules can be found on the official website of the CQC. New Voluntary CQC Mark Certification products and product categories are posted on the website frequently along with important information regarding certification application start dates.

You can find more information about the Voluntary CQC Mark Certification here.

Mr. Julian Busch has published numerous articles for magazines as well as online platforms regarding entry into the Chinese market and the requirements to enter the Chinese market. A summary of all his publications is available here.

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

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