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China Energy Label (CEL) Certification Service

China Energy Label (CEL) Certification Service

General Information:

CEL certification is mandatory for 35 types of products currently being sold into China.  Testing involved for CEL is concerned with product efficiency.  Different levels of efficiency are allowable, but the level of efficiency must be marked on the product.  For more information about CEL, see What is CEL certification.

Challenges Obtaining and Maintaining CEL Certification

Obtaining CEL certification can pose the following challenges:

  • Locating and communicating with a competent test laboratory
  • Submitting application and uploading certification documents to CEL website
  • Understanding the rules for the product type, and how that affects variants within a model family
  • Certification laboratories make little effort to resolve product operating deficiencies during testing.
  • Test samples are delayed in shipping, or get stuck in China customs
  • Product operating details are not well translated to Chinese test lab

How Can We Help?

G&M Compliance’s Beijing office was established in 2005.  We utilize the following practices to achieve a fast and efficient certification experience:

  • China office maintains contact with several laboratories, and are continually assessing which provides the most value to customers
  • G&M China office can assist with the application process, and will upload proper documentation to the CEL online system
  • Develop a product type test plan that maximizes certification coverage of current and future variants within the model family.
  • We troubleshoot sample issues at the test lab if necessary, to keep the process moving forward.
  • Assist in shipping samples, and maintain good relationships with customs clearance agencies to expedite the clearance process
  • Rely on China team’s experience to communicate directly with customers and minimize communication gaps.

G&M Compliance has operations in the U.S. and China to ensure your product utilizes the most effective test plan and moves through certification efficiently.  Our compliance experts understand the technical requirements necessary to minimize the risk of failure, and stay updated on ever-changing regulations.

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For electrical products, depending on the type of equipment, certifications other than CCC may be required for China.  Among these are SRRC for wireless products, CEL for products that have energy requirements, CCIS for products requiring information security certification, and NAL for equipment connecting to the public network.  More detailed information can be found by clicking on the links to these specific services.  For more information about what certifications are required for your product please contact us.

Mark – No Certification mark required, but an energy label must be provided, and is commonly checked to clear customs.

In-Country Representation – Not required

In-Country Testing – Required

Expiration Details – No expiration of CEL Certificates

Continuing Surveillance – Factory inspections are not required.  Market surveillance is possible if a product is sold retail.

We have found that often times certification bottlenecks can occur within a manufacturer’s organization.  As a result, we offer a service to provide internal help managing regulatory certification tasks.  Because G&M is not a certification body, we are in a unique position to offer valuable regulatory expertise without any conflict of interest issues.  In such cases we place G&M certification experts into our customers’ organizations to manage the certification process for them.  Once on the inside, our managers can leverage G&Ms collective experience to guide certification processes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  To learn more about this service see our Homologation Management Service Page.  
Untimely expirations of certificates can cause delays in product deliveries.  Re-certification of products will generally be treated as new submittals instead of certificate renewals.  This can be time-consuming and costly.  G&M provides a web-based certification tracking system that alerts users when expirations are coming, provides on-line storage of important certification documentation, and is searchable by certification specific criteria.  For more information on this system see our CATS page.