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China Compulsory Certificate

CCC Mark

The China Compulsory Certificate mark, commonly known as a CCC Mark, is a compulsory safety mark for many products imported, sold or used in the Chinese market. It was implemented on May 1, 2002 and became fully effective on August 1, 2003.[1]

It is the result of the integration of China's two previous compulsory inspection systems, namely "CCIB" (Safety Mark, introduced in 1989 and required for products in 47 product categories) and "CCEE" (also known as "Great Wall" Mark, for electrical commodities in 7 product categories), into a single procedure.


  • Applicable products 1
  • Administration 2
    • Follow-Up Certification 2.1
  • IT security products 3
    • List of IT security products 3.1
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • General references 6
  • External links 7

Applicable products

The CCC mark is required for both Chinese manufactured and foreign imported merchandise. Consequently, there is a relevant and useful catalogue of CCC-compulsory products just for this purpose. Further, if any commodities or other general vendibles need to be certified, then it is a fittingly practical undertaking for one to also look at the Guobiao standards - the National Standards of China used in the testing process. The catalogue itself addresses the following sets of goods,[2] in addition to their parts:

  • Electrical wires and cables
  • Switches for circuits, Installation protective and connection devices
  • Low-voltage Electrical Apparatus
  • Small Power motors
  • Electric tools
  • Welding machines
  • Household and similar electrical appliances
  • Audio and video apparatus
  • Information technology equipment
  • Lighting apparatus
  • Telecommunication terminal equipment
  • Motor vehicles and Safety parts
  • Motor vehicle tires
  • Safety Glasses
  • Agricultural Machinery
  • Latex Products
  • Medical Devices
  • Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Detectors for Intruder Alarm Systems
  • Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) systems
  • Toys


The CCC mark is administered by the CNCA (Certification and Accreditation Administration). The China Quality Certification Centre (CQC) is designated by CNCA to process CCC mark applications and defines the products that need CCC.

The certification process usually takes between 4–8 months and includes the following steps:[3]

  1. Submission of an application and supporting materials
  2. Type Testing. A CNCA-designated test laboratory in China will test product samples
  3. Factory Inspection. CQC will send representatives to inspect the manufacturing facilities
  4. Evaluation of the results
  5. Approval of the CCC Certificate (or failure and retesting)
  6. Annual Follow-up Factory Inspections by Chinese officials

Follow-Up Certification

The CCC certificate and permission of printing the CCC mark must be renewed annually as part of a follow-up certification. Part of the follow-up certification is also a one-day factory audit. The proceedings of the follow-up certification are comparable with those of the initial certification, but overall much shorter, simpler and associated with a lower cost. No further product testing in China is typically requested and the audit will be kept compact.

IT security products

On April 27, 2009, China announced 13 categories of the

  • China-Certification CCC
  • CCC Introduction - Video
  • CSA/CCIC Customer Service Center
  • CTI Testing and Certification
  • TÜV Rheinland Group
  • TÜV SÜD America Inc.
  • SIQ Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Standardization Administration of the Peoples Republic of China

External links

  • "A Brief Guide to CCC: China Compulsory Certification", Julian Busch, ISBN 978-1484115534
  • Short CCC Explanation - Video
  • Introductory CCC Video
  • Full list of CCC applicable product, in Japanese 28 August 2009 Edition (In Japanese) web site of JET:Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories (電気安全環境研究所)
  • Foreign-made, intellectual and IT security, products procurement policy
    • USTR Releases 2010 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights
    • ABC NEWS - Geithner to Press China on Trade Barriers, Yuan 7th paragraph; "American companies are very concerned that this approach has the potential to discriminate against foreign-made products and could disadvantage American exporters and investors as they compete with Chinese firms," Geithner said. "We share these concerns." (May 18, 2010)
    • Strategic and Economic Dialogue Closing Statement, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Beijing, China As Prepared for Delivery on May 25, 2010 (United States Department of the Treasury)
  • CQC website
  • CNCA website

General references

  1. ^ "Certification in Brief". China Quality Center (CQC). Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  2. ^ "China Certification". CCC Mandatory Products. USA: China Certification Corporation. 14 October 2014. Archived from the original on 10 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014. This catalogue of products requiring certification was subject to continuous changes and has expanded since its first issue... The following table provides a brief overview of products for which certification is mandatory. 
  3. ^ "Certification Process". China Certification. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Information Security, U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade".  
  5. ^ "China, CCC Certification News Update". 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  6. ^ "Chinese certification of information security products". 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  7. ^ Note that product naming is literal translation from China published wording to Japanese by several number of Japanese industrial associations, then further literary translated to English.
  8. ^ "中国CCC 強制認証対象品目一覧表2009 年版" [List of CCC applicable products, 2009 edition] (PDF) (in Japanese).  


See also

  1. Secure operating system package
  2. Organizational systems for the isolation, safety, and, exchange of information
  3. Secure network routing devices
  4. Security supervision system
  5. Secure database architecture technology
  6. Countermeasure program for spam (trouble/nuisance) mail
  7. Firewall security system
  8. Invasion and detection system
  9. Data backup/recovery product
  10. Network security involving LAN card and hub switching
  11. Network vulnerability scanning programs
  12. Web site recovery product
  13. Secure Smart card and advanced smart card operating system technology

The 13 divisions or subsets of the products are:[7][8]

List of IT security products

China also stated that the number of applicable CCC product categories is not to expand past the current 13 already in place. [6][5][4]

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