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What is CCC Certification?
The Chinese CCC Certification, also known as “China Compulsory Certification” (in Chinese: zhongguo guojia qiangzhixing chanpin renzheng, or just “3C”) is the most widespread product safety certification in China, it is a mandatory certification. It was implemented in the context of China’s admission to the WTO (World Trade Organization) in 2002. It served two purposes: Already existing systems were to be consolidated and the certification process had to be made accessible for foreign manufacturers. On the other hand, China also wanted to increase product quality and safety for their own consumers. The CCC-mark covers a broad range of products and applies not only to Chinese manufacturers but worldwide to all goods imported to China.
Meanwhile, the CCC-Certificate has become an essential component of China’s international trade.
Chinese customs are very strict and thorough where CCC is concerned. Permissions of exemptions (e.g. due to small quantity) are very rare.
Back in 2002 Cisema was one of the first service providers, who was able to provide assistance to obtain a "CCC certificate". Cisema has important contacts to the Chinese certification organizations, which are crucial to the success of a certification application.
Although there already are standardized processes, official regulations, and specialized Chinese certification organizations, the requirements are still quite extensive and often very complex. Many applicants underestimate the extent of regulations and the conformity Chinese authorities expect. As a consequence, they often face extra work and rising costs.