Important Changes: China Compulsory Certification (CCC) Scheme – Non-Automotive Products

by Rona Tumamao (October 10, 2018)

As part of reforming and adjusting the implementation rules of China’s CCC Scheme, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and Certification & Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) published an important announcement.

  • As of June 16, 2018 products under Annex 1 no longer fall under the CCC scheme, but can be transitioned to voluntary certification scheme (through CQC, ISCCC & other Chinese certification bodies).
  • In addition, after October 1, 2018, products under Annex 2 will have a new route to conformity under the Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) scheme to comply with CCC certification.  Alternatively, manufacturers can still elect to keep their current CCC certification process for products listed in Annex 2.

Products currently under the CCC certification scheme that are not listed in Annex 1 or 2 will not be affected and will continue with the established CCC certification process without change.

The following products (excluding automotive components) are affected under Annex 1 or 2:

Annex 1

  • Plug socket & appliance couplers for industrial use (CNCA-C02-01: 2014)
  • Construction site/power distribution equipment for public use (CNCA-C03-01: 2014)
  • Non-flammable liquid electric spray gun; electric scissors; threading machine; electric chain saw; electric planer; electric pruning shears (CNCA-C05-01: 2014)
  • Video display tube; antenna amplifier (CNCA-C08-01: 2014)
  • Computer game machine; computer learning machine (CNCA-C09-01: 2014)
  • Motorcycle engine (CNCA-C11-03: 2014)
  • Modem (w/card); ISDN Terminator (CNCA-C16-01: 2014)
  • Flammable gas alarm; electric fire surveillance system (CNCA-C18-01: 2014)
  • Aerosol fire extinguishing device (CNCA-C18-03: 2014)
  • Wireless LAN product (CNCA-C20-01: 2007)
  • Concrete Antifreeze (CNCA-C21-01: 2014)

Annex 2

  • Low voltage switch; power switch; main bus line system (bus slot); distribution board; low voltage set of reactive power compensation device (CNCA-C03-01: 2014)
  • Low power motor (CNCA-C04-01: 2014)
  • AC/DC arc welder; TIG/MIG/MAG arc welder; Plasma arc cutter/welder; arc welding transformer anti-electric shock device; welding cable coupling device; resistance welder; silk delivery device; TIG welding torch (CNCA-C06-01: 2014)
  • Motor Compressor (CNCA-C07-01: 2017)
  • Equipment with nominal rated voltage less than or equal to 5VDC, nominal rated power consumption less than 15W (or 15VA); non-rechargeable battery for information technology equipment; audio/video equipment, category III (CNCA-C08/C09-01: 2014)

Products listed under Annex 1 now fall outside of CCC certification scheme and is no longer allowed to be marked CCC as of June 16, 2018.  Although CCC certification is no longer possible, testing of these products will still be required under the voluntary certification scheme.  It is recommended that manufacturers under Annex 1 that currently have CCC certification transition to voluntary certification (through CQC or other Chinese certification bodies) for the following reasons:

  • Minimize potential supply chain issues due to China local market surveillance
  • Competitive market advantage to have products certified for certain provinces in China

The switch from CCC to CQC or other certification bodies can be performed without any additional testing or agency cost.  The transition is simply a documentation process.  Please contact us for more information, or to begin pursuing this transition.

As stated, products under Annex 2 will still require mandatory CCC certification but will now have an option to choose the Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) scheme or keep the current CCC certification scheme.  The new scheme will limit the certification body’s role in the certification process, mainly by eliminating mandatory annual factory inspections.  The Supplier self-certification process includes the following conditions:

  • Application for certification must be submitted to a designated government body (CNCA)
  • Initial product testing must be conducted in China by a CCC accredited laboratory
  • Modifications or addition of parts need to be approved by a designated government body (CNCA)
  • Annual reporting/self factory inspection report must be submitted to a designated government body (CNCA)

The information currently provided by Chinese government authorities regarding the implementation of SDoC scheme and the transition details are still evolving.  For now, manufacturers under Annex 2 list must follow the current CCC certification process, but manufacturer’s producing Annex 1 type components can start pursuing a transition to the voluntary certification scheme today.

For additional information, please contact G&M Compliance, Inc. at 714-628-1020