China’s import regulations have become more extensive and strict over the past years. Since 2002, certain types of products require a CCC (China Compulsory Certificate). The official CCC catalogue contains more than a hundred products (e.g. automotive parts). Automotive parts such as fuel tanks, seat belts, headrests and mirrors need CCC certification to be legally exported to China. The Chinese authorities CQC (China Quality Certification Centre) as well as CCAP (China Certification Centre for Automotive Products) in Beijing are authorized to issue CCC certificates for these kind of products.
The process of getting CCC certification can be a big challenge for manufacturers. CCC certification includes a detailed application, product testing in China, a two day factory inspection by the Chinese auditors and the applying for the CCC marking permission at CNCA (Certification and Accreditation Administration). Due to language barriers, limited capacities and general lack of CCC knowledge, the process can drag on for months and be very expensive if not managed properly.
Once a CCC certification is granted, it is valid for several years but must be maintained through annual follow-up audits. Certificate holders are also responsible to keep up with regulatory changes and updates regarding Chinese GB Standards (“GB” stands for Guobiao, Chinese for “National Standard”) and CCC implementation rules. GB Standards define the scope, parameters and prescriptive limits for product testing required for the CCC certification, whereas implementation rules determine the overall process that will need to be completed before CCC certification can be issued. The Chinese authorities frequently publish announcements stating a need for action with strict deadlines to meet, thus requiring the need to stay current with the new regulations to maintain compliance.
The good news is that according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), the Chinese automotive market will have a growth rate of more than 8% in 2014. Simply put, the Chinese automotive market has a massive sale potential that is waiting to be tapped!
Julian Busch is an expert in product approval and registration for the Chinese market. For many years, he has supported companies around the world in obtaining product certification for the People’s Republic of China.
Julian Busch, Managing Director of MPR GmbH / China Certification Corporation
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