2020 December 4th Friday

History of CCC Certification

2015-08-15 Source:www.ccc-certificate.org.cn
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“CCC” is the abbreviation of “China Compulsory Certification”, which is in the Peoples’ Republic of China more commonly known as “3C Certification” or “3C Certificate”.

After entering the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Dec. 11th 2001, China has made concerted effort to fulfil its membership commitments, which not only made easier the entry into the huge market of the second largest economy of the world for the oversea enterprises but also offered more legal certainty as well as freedom of trade and commerce. Whereas tariff and non-tariff trade barriers were actively being dismantled, a new, independent certification system has been established by the Chinese government to pursue the principle of “free trade”. The CCC Certification, comparable to the European CE Certification, is aimed to ensure human, animal and plants safety, environmental protection and state security.

Within the framework of WTO agreements, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and common international rules, the AQSIQ (Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine) together with the CNCA (Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China) promulgated the Administrative Regulations on the CCC Certification (AQSIQ-117) on Dec. 3rd 2001, marking the formal establishment of the CCC Certification. With regard to the Administrative Regulations, CNCA started to work on the first applications for certification of total 132 different product types from 19 categories by following the principle of “unifying the product catalog, unifying the administration, unifying the assessment, unifying the CCC marking as well as unifying the charges”.

In the light of this historical background, the China Compulsory Certification replaced the former CCIB (short for “China Commodity Inspection Bureau”), CCEE (short for “China Commission for Conformity Certification of Electrical Equipment”) and EMC (short for “electro-magnetic compatibility”) Certification and became the only and irreplaceable compulsory product certification in the Peoples’ Republic. In this way the AQSIQ and CNCA have geared themselves to the international conventions. According to the Administrative Regulations, the above mentioned three certifications were to be officially abolished on May. 1st 2002 (postponed to Aug. 1st 2003 in reality).

Nevertheless, the CCC Certification shall not be equated with any quality label. It shall rather be vied as a basic legal requirement on the product safety.