Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) has recently become an optional certification path to the Chinese CCC mark for automotive interior trim parts, door locks and hinges. Previously all CCC approvals were granted by Chinese certification bodies. The new process allows manufacturers to “self-declare” that their products are compliant with CCC guidelines, and once registered through SDoC can apply the CCC mark.
As this is a new process, local Chinese as well as international vehicle manufacturers have been somewhat hesitant to take this route, concerned that the SDoC may be viewed as an inferior certification. We have recently confirmed from multiple sources that the Chinese government intends to encourage the SDoC method of certification, and in the near future, not only plans to expand the SDoC program to cover more product categories, but also to mandate it as the only option for CCC. The benefits of transitioning to SDoC include:
- Less overall cost of the program
- Less time for certification
- Less invasive factory inspections
The new scheme will limit the certification body’s role in the certification process, mainly by eliminating the initial approval process, and by eliminating their participation in annual factory inspections. The submittal process for SDoC however can be tricky. The SDoC process includes the following:
- Application to be submitted via online portal
- Product testing conducted in China by a CCC accredited laboratory
- Annual self-factory inspection report to be submitted via online portal
- Modifications or addition of parts may require re-testing, and revised documentation must be submitted
If you need more information on or assistance in obtaining SDoC certification, please contact G&M Compliance or call us at 714-628-1020.