Project Description

2000px-C.C.C.-Logo.svgYou know CE, CSA, RoHS and UL. But do you know CCC?

For many of us that deal with manufacturing of electromechanical assemblies or turnkey products that are sold in North America or Europe are familiar with many of the safety and emission certifications that are required for our products to be authorized to sell. This typically comprises of the usual acronyms like; CE, CSA, RoHS (2), UL and many others. Although it’s been around since 2002, one acronym that has been getting more use as of late is CCC. CCC is the China Compulsory Certificate.

Much like its North American or Europe counterparts CCC is a safety mark and a mark for electrical commodities to be imported, sold or used in the Chinese market. Several OEMs have been shipping products into China without the mark and find themselves paying additional fees to have their products allowed into China. With the expanding globalization of the marketplace OEMs should be prepared to have their products marked accordingly for global sale and use, including China’s CCC mark.

What is required or involved with getting this certificate marking? It is similar to safety testing that many OEMs are familiar with; however, there are an abundance of issues that need to be considered such as:

  • Requires direct engagement with CQC
  • Native Chinese product technical information, application and communication required
  • Mark mandates a CCC manufacturing facility (one that is annuallyinspected by CQC)
  • Field service parts (FRUs) also require unique CCC certifications

These are only a few of the many things to consider. Many of the OEMs that I have worked with have made the mistake of assuming that their current products, which are certified for CE or UL, will not have any issues passing CCC. This is not always the case. We have seen that if certain components are not CCC certified than the product/assembly will not pass certification testing regardless how hard you try.

One of the best things that an OEM can do is work with a strategic manufacturing partner that has a facility in China or one that is already building CCC compliant assemblies. This removes the need for a CCC manufacturing facility and establishes that there is a pre-existing relationship where direct communication with CQC has taken place. Working with a strategic partner that has a facility in China establishes that the needed technical information, application and ongoing communication is done in Native Chinese. Having a partner with local proximity to work directly with CQC goes a long way with ensuring your product or assembly passes the certifications.

It is a global market and OEMs need to have their products properly ready for sale. If you have questions or comments on CCC or other certification markings that you are dealing with feel free to reach out to me.

Patrick Froh

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