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What is CCC Self-Declaration?
The China Compulsory Certificate Self-Declaration is a mandatory certification for certain specific products in China. It is a different format of the CCC certification and requires a different certification process than the standard CCC certification process. It is important to note that CCC Self-Declaration is only possible for certain types of product categories and is not interchangeable with products that require CCC. Also, products that are required to have CCC Self-Declaration cannot apply for the standard CCC certification. They are two different types of certifications and have separate processes. The CCC Self-Declaration is also often known as China Self-Declaration, CCC Declaration of Compliance (DoC), CCC Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC), CCC Self-Declaration of Compulsory Product Certification, CCC Self-Declaration Certification. With the CCC Self-Declaration, the manufacturer declares that their manufactured products comply with the GB standards and that product conformity is continuously ensured and maintained in accordance with Chinese regulations. Products subject to CCC Self-Declaration may be sold or used in the Chinese market only after the Self-Declaration has been issued.
The CCC SDoC is like a slimmer format of the standard CCC certification with applications, supporting documentation and testing. Unlike the standard CCC certification initial factory audits and annual audits are not required for CCC Self-Declaration. Due to this, manufacturers and applicants have a significantly higher risk since product conformity is not continuously monitored by the authorities. Simple “non-conformities” or regulation changes can be identified by the authorities during spot checks and may stop production and imports or even cause revocation of the certificates. OEMs and manufacturers will often require third party oversight by a recognized certification body such as the CCAP or CQC to prove initial and annual compliance to the Chinese regulations with an additional voluntary CCAP or voluntary CQC certification. In the automotive industry this oversight is often required to be shown as part of their vehicle Type Approval.
Another difference between CCC Self-Declaration and standard CCC is that the applicant for CCC Self-Declaration must be a company registered in China. This company can be a subsidiary, the OEM or the importer. The Chinese company will take responsibility for the products. The CCC Self-Declaration is registered and issued via an online portal of the CNCA (Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China). CCC Self-Declaration can be complex. Many manufacturers choose to have a competent independent service provider who accompany them in the certification process.
The CNCA Implementation Rules no. CNCA-00C-008: 2019 applies to the CCC Self-Declaration along with the respective CNCA implementation regulations for the individual component category.
A Chinese Applicant is required for CCC Self-Declaration:
The CCC Self-Declaration is registered with the Chinese certification authority Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (chin.: 中华人民共和国认证监督委员会, in short: CNCA) through an online system. It is required that the applicant must be a company registered in China. Manufacturers who do not have a subsidiary or company that can serve as an applicant in China have the possibility to contract a Chinese company as the applicant. The Chinese partner can then serve as the applicant for the CCC Self-Declaration and submit the necessary documents for the application. Through this applicant, several production plant locations can then be registered for the CCC Self-Declaration.
MPR China Certification offers their clients the a Chinese entity that is a technically appropriate applicant via its CCC Applicant Service. This service is aimed for those companies who do not have a registered company in China that could act as their applicant. Please contact us if you need support in this topic.
CCC Self-Declaration Product Categories
Products that fall under CCC Self-Declaration are divided into two types: Type A and Type B. The type distinctions are important for product testing. They distinguish whether the product tests must be conducted in a self-selected test laboratory or in a specified accredited test laboratory in China.
Product testing in self-selected laboratories* + self-declaration.
*internal, third party laboratory with ISO 17025 certification
Product testing in specified laboratories* + self-declaration.
*test laboratories with CCC authorization/ accredited by the Chinese authority CNAS
For which products does the CCC Self-Declaration/ Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) apply?
List of automotive products that fall under the self-declaration obligation:
|Product Type||Certification Type||Norms|
|Safety Glazing Materials for Vehicles||CCC-SD (B)||CQC11-371152-2019
|Safety belt for vehicles||CCC-SD (B)||CCAP-GZ-5810:2019
|Motor vehicle exterior lighting and light signal devices||CCC-SD (B)||CCAP-GZ-4100:2019
|Indirect vision devices for motor vehicles||CCC-SD (B)||CCAP-GZ-8202:2019
|Automotive seats and seat headrests||CCC-SD (B)||CCAP-GZ-6800:2020
|Automobile driving recorder||CCC-SD (B)||CNCA-00C-008:2019
|Reflective body markings||CCC-SD (B)||CNCA-00C-008:2019
List of general industrial products that fall under the Self-Declaration obligation:
|Product Type||Certification Type||Detailed Product Type||Norms|
|Circuit breakers and electrical devices for protection or connection (electrical accessories).||CCC-SD (B)||Thermal Fuse||CNCA-C02-01:2014
|Circuit breakers and electrical devices for protection or connection (electrical accessories).||CCC-SD (B)||Device protection fuse (tube)||CNCA-C02-01:2014
|Low-voltage electrical apparatus||CCC-SD (B)||Low-voltage switchgear assemblies||CNCA-C03-01:2014
|Low-voltage electrical apparatus||CCC-SD (B)||Low voltage switch (disconnector, isolator, fuse combination)||CNCA-C03-02:2014
|Low-voltage electrical apparatus||CCC-SD (B)||Relays||CNCA-C03-02:2014
|Low-voltage electrical apparatus||CCC-SD (B)||Other switches||CNCA-C03-02:2014
|Low-voltage electrical apparatus||CCC-SD (B)||Other protection devices for circuits||CNCA-C03-02:2014
|Low-voltage electrical apparatus||CCC-SD (B)||Run-out protection||CNCA-C03-02:2014
|Low-voltage electrical apparatus||CCC-SD (B)||Circuit breaker||CNCA-C03-02:2014
|Low-voltage electrical apparatus||CCC-SD (B)||Fuse||CNCA-C03-02:2014
|Low-voltage electrical apparatus||CCC-SD (B)||Other protective devices for circuits||CNCA-C03-02:2014
|Motors with low power||CCC-SD (B)||Motors with low power||CNCA-C04-01:2014
|Electric tools||CCC-SD (A)||Electrical drills||CNCA-C05-01:2014
|Electric tools||CCC-SD (A)||Electric grinders||CNCA-C05-01:2014
|Electric tools||CCC-SD (A)||Electric hammers||CNCA-C05-01:2014
|Welding machines||CCC-SD (A)||D.C. arc welding machines||CNCA-C06-01:2014
|Welding machines||CCC-SD (A)||WIG welding machines||CNCA-C06-01:2014
|Welding machines||CCC-SD (A)||MIG/MAG arc welding machine||CNCA-C06-01:2014
|Welding machines||CCC-SD (A)||Plasma arc cutting machine||CNCA-C06-01:2014
|Household and similar electrical appliances||CCC-SD (B)||Motor-compressors||CNCA-C07-01:2017
CCC Self-Declaration Certification Process
There are two ways to obtain a CCC Self-Declaration:
- CCC Self-Declaration (only)
- CCC Self-Declaration in combination with a voluntary CQC / CCAP certification.
In each case, before applying for the CCC Self-Declaration, an internal audit of the quality management system should be carried out to check whether it can be assured to continuously meet the requirements of the CCC certification with regards to product conformity to Chinese GB standards and guidelines.
Process of a CCC Self-Declaration only
Preparation of application and supporting documents
Contacting test laboratory to determine required test samples
Type A products: Tests in selected, qualified test lab
Type B products: Tests in approved Chinese test lab
Selection of test reports in online system and upload of application documents
After documents-check by CNCA, issuance of CCC Self-Declaration draft
Manufacturer and applicant sign and stamp draft, Upload to online system
Receipt of valid CCC Self-Declaration with assigned QR code
Marking of the products with the CCC logo
Unlike the standard CCC certification, the China SDoC does not require a factory inspection. Due to this there is no factory code issued. Instead, the manufacturer must independently enter all required information into an online system and continuously monitor compliance themselves. In addition, the CNCA does not carry out any checks on the correctness of the application documents. It is very important that everything is 100% correct and up to date to avoid problems or certificate cancellations.
Further notes regarding the interaction between CCC Self-Declaration and the voluntary CCAP and CQC certification:
Ensure product conformity:
Since there is no ongoing monitoring with the CCC Self-Declaration, it is advisable to conduct a voluntary CQC certification or voluntary CCAP certification in addition to the CCC Self-Declaration. The CCC Self-Declaration in combination with the voluntary certification enables manufacturers to take a safer, more risk-adverse approach by allowing third party oversight in cooperation with the Chinese certification authorities. The voluntary certification ensures ongoing compliance and up to date conformity to the relevant Chinese standards. Customers or OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) often request or require voluntary certification, as it allows them to minimize their risks and/or maintain proof of continued compliance.
Unfortunately, not all products for which a CCC Self-Declaration is required can obtain a voluntary certification. For all common automotive categories, a voluntary certification is available.
The CCC Self Declaration has a validity of 10 years. For the entire period of validity, the manufacturer must be responsible for continuously ensuring conformity with the Chinese standards (CoP: Conformity of Production). This applies in particular to the test standards (GB standards) and the CNCA Implementation Rules.
Product conformity must be ensured by annual product tests (COP tests) according to Chinese GB standards. In addition, the quality management system must also be continuously monitored through internal audits.
Liability in case of non-conformities:
It should be noted that with this new SDoC procedure structure, the manufacturer and the applicant are more responsible and liable than before. Some common non-conformities are: Implementation of a material change and or material supplier without prior approval by CNCA, Changes to part name, part number or revision level, part not marked correctly, incorrect unit classification, change of production process without approval by CNCA, relocation of the component without approval by CNCA, parts not updated to GB Standards or Implementation Rule changes, etc.
Process of a CCC Self-Declaration/ SDoC with Voluntary Certification:
Application (Voluntary CCAP or CQC Certification)
Issuance of the factory code
Product testing in China
Issuance of the certificate (CCAP or CQC certification)
Marking with the CCAP or CQC authority logo (optional)
Linking CCAP or CQC certificate with CNCA online system
Issuance of the CCC Self-Declaration drafts
Upload of the signed CCC Self-Declaration
Marking with the CCC logo (mandatory)
If a manufacturer completed the CCC Self-Declaration in combination with a voluntary CQC certification or voluntary CCAP certification, the certification process will first be done according to the standard certification process of the voluntary certification. See voluntary CCAP and CQC certification.
After obtaining the voluntary CCAP or CQC certificate, the Chinese authority links the voluntary certificate with the CCC Self-Declaration. All information provided in the voluntary certification will be transferred to CNCA’s online system.
CCC Self-Declaration Marking
After a successful CCC Self-Declaration, the manufacturer must mark the certified products with the CCC logo. The CCC logo may be applied only after receiving a valid CCC Self-Declaration.
Certain requirements apply regarding the diameter and size of the logo. Incorrectly marked products can lead to problems when importing the products into China.
Risks of the CCC Self-Declaration Procedure:
If a manufacturer decides they will apply for CCC self-declaration only, manufacturers are held more accountable for their product compliance. Possible changes to the standards (GB standards and CNCA Implementation Rules) can easily be overlooked. Manufacturers will not be notified of changes and must make sure their product compliance is up to date themselves. The manufacturer’s own change management must be consistent since every change to the product itself and as well as changes in the factory must be approved in advance by CNCA. This is particularly critical in the case of homologation of complete vehicles, since the conformity of production (CoP) of all relevant components to the GB standards must always be ensured by the vehicle manufacturer. The CCC Self-Declaration alone cannot guarantee this, so creates additional risk to the vehicle manufacturer.
Of course, there are other ways to ensure compliance. For example, in addition to the annual tests the manufacturer should also conduct internal audits on their own. For example, in addition to the annual tests the manufacturer should also conduct internal audits on their own. The Chinese company that will act as the applicant for CCC Self-Declaration will be required to register their “Social Credit” number as part of the application. Introduced in 2014, the social credit system can lead to risks in form of reduced social rating scores if violations of Chinese regulations are found.
The applicant for the CCC Self- Declaration must be a company registered in China. This company must submit its commercial register excerpt including social credit number when submitting the CCC Self-Declaration application. The applicant is therefore at risk with their rating if there are any non-conformities in the products. Serious violations can lead to the revocation of the Chinese company business license in addition to cancellation of the CCC Self-Declaration certificate and any further legal actions.
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CCC Self-Declaration Overview
|Validity of CCC Self-Declaration||10 Years|
(only SD, without voluntary certification)
|For initial applications: 2-3 months
For extension applications: ca. 8-10 weeks
(with voluntary certification)
|For initial applications: 3-4 months
For extension applications: 8-11 weeks
|Marking||Products must be marked with the CCC logo|
|Factory audit required?||No, if only CCC SD.
Yes, when the CCC SD is linked with a voluntary CCAP or CQC certification.
|Follow up process||SD only: Annual internal audit according to Chinese regulations, and CoP tests
SD with Voluntary: Annual follow-up audit with relevant authority (CCAP or CQC)
CCC Self-Declaration FAQ
Please have a look at the overview above on this page. If your product category appears in the overview, then it requires a CCC Self-Declaration. If you are unsure, please feel free to contact us directly.
The CCC Self-Declaration tests follow a specific Chinese national test standard (GB standard). It makes sense to study the GB standard that applies to your product to understand the Chinese test requirement. In addition, you should familiarize yourself with the relevant Chinese Implementation Rules that build the framework of the certification process.
If your product falls within the scope categories of CCC Self-Declaration, the certification is the only way to get your product legally into the Chinese market. A Chinese applicant is required for the CCC Self-Declaration. If you do not have a company that can act as an applicant for you in China, we can arrange an applicant for you. You cannot submit a CCC Self-Declaration application without having a Chinese partner company as an applicant.
No, changes in regulations and requirements are only published in Chinese. Companies must inform themselves and familiarize themselves with the regulations. The Chinese authority does not see itself as a service provider that keeps certificate holders up to date on changes and news. It is the responsibility of each certificate holder to be informed about the current regulations and standards applicable to their product. A lot of information can be found directly after publication by the authorities on our website under the category “News”. Of course, we also advise our customers on new regulations on an ongoing basis.
The CCC Self-Declaration is valid for 10 years from the date of issue. The CCC Self-Declaration will not lose its validity as long as you do the annual product tests, conduct an annual internal audit on CCC Self-Declaration, and properly report certificate changes to the Chinese authority.
If you obtain the CCC Self-Declaration in combination with a voluntary CCAP or CQC certification, the annual audits are an essential part of maintaining the voluntary CCAP certificate or CQC certificate and the CCC Self-Declaration. For the combined version, the annual audits must be done, because the CCC Self-Declaration is based on the voluntary CCAP/CQC certifications and would otherwise lose its validity if the CCAP/CQC requirements are not met.