On October 17, 2019, SAMR issued the Announcement on Adjusting the Catalogue of Products Subject to China Compulsory Certification and Certification Implementation Methods. This document will bring about the following changes:
- The CCC certificate will no longer be imposed on 18 products, including wires, electric tools, electric welding products, telecommunication terminal equipment and audio equipment. The designated certification authorities will cancel the issued compulsory product certificates or convert them into voluntary product certificates, according to the enterprise’s wishes. CNCA shall be responsible for cancelling the compulsory product certification of relevant certification authorities and laboratories.
- The conformity assessment method for third-party certification for 17 products in the CCC catalogue has been changed into self-declaration.
- The compulsory product certificate will no longer be given to products applying through self- declaration. Enterprises should complete the self-evaluation in accordance with the Implementation Rules of Compulsory Product Certification Self-Declaration and submit the product conformity information through the “Self-declaration Compliance Information Reporting System” (http://sdoc.cnca.cn). The products must pass compulsory product certification before leaving the factory, being sold, imported or used in other business activities.
- TYD/T 993 Technical Requirements and Test Methods of Lightening Resistibility for Telecommunication Terminal Equipment is removed from the standard list of the compulsory certification scheme for telecommunication terminal products.
The Announcement on Adjusting the Catalogue of Products Subject to China Compulsory Certification and Certification Implementation Methods indicates the continuation and deepening of the CCC reform. A streamlined CCC scheme that covers safety, health and environmental protection conforms to good international practice on reducing trade barriers, will benefit industries by lowering businesses’ operational costs and boost competitiveness; the wider application of self-declaration will do the same. Likewise, the removal of the voluntary standard from the CCC scheme is also a commendable progress towards WTO/TBT consensus; it should be encouraged that more voluntary standards are removed from China’s compulsory certification system in the future.
Early in January 2018, the State Council published the Opinions on Strengthening the Building of the Quality Certification System and Promoting Comprehensive Quality Management, putting the CCC reform onto the government’s work agenda. The CCC reform aims to give full play to the market by bringing down government-imposed transaction costs and highlight the feature of compulsory product certification on ensuring fundamental matters like safety, health, and environmental protection. In the following years, a series of measures were successively taken to help implement the reform, including the reduction and dynamic adjustment of the CCC catalogue, introduction of the conformity assessment mode of self-declaration, and the conversion of management on some products from “production license” to “CCC certification”.