In China, there are two certification systems for product quality standardization, certain product groups are subject to authorization, most of them can be approved voluntarily. The certification is carried out by an approval agency. A self-declaration of conformity with Chinese standards for products subject to approval is not possible. Products which are not subject to certification are not required to be tested by an approval agency. Distribution and import to China, however, are simplified for an approved product.
CCC stands for China Compulsory Certificate. This certificate, introduced in 2002, confirms the compliance with Chinese standards for product groups requiring approvals. Other product groups can not be CCC marked or can only be CCC marked indirectly.
Compliance with CCC regulations is checked by the Chinese authorities. Products without, with defective or non-valid CCC marking can be confiscated by customs on import to China. Violations of the CCC provisions result in heavy fines and intensive lawsuits.
The Chinese authorities CNCA (Certification and Accreditation Administration) supervise the CCC system. The CQC (China Quality Certification Center) or the CCAP (China Certification Center for Automotive Products) certifies the products and identify the product groups, which require an approval.
Some products of the following product groups require approvals:
Power supplies and chargers are not necessarily subject to approval.
Power supplies for audio/video equipment, chargers and power supplies for computers and IT products require the CCC approvals.
There are no direct requirements for power supplies and chargers for medical products, telecommunication, household appliances or tools. The entire product or system, however, may require a certificate.
This applies to the following medical products:
The CCC marking of a power supply which does not require an approval, is actually not possible. Nevertheless, it is often possible to declare it as "IT product", in addition to its intended use, to apply for a CCC approval.
The certification consists of several steps:
After successful certification, the manufacturer is entitled to mark the product with CCC.
A certificate is issued for 5 years but its validity is subject to regular review by the certification authorities.
For products which do not require CCC approvals, voluntary CQC certification may be obtained. After successful certification, the products can be marked with CQC. The certification is done by the China Quality Certification Center (CQC), which is also in charge of most CCC approvals.
The voluntary CQC mark is comparable to a German GS, a VDE or SIQ mark. It confirms that the device meets the Chinese standards and regulations. This often facilitates exports to China. A CQC marked product can get a CCC mark more quickly with an extension of the CCC product catalog. The costs of voluntary CQC certification are considerably high.
For many years FRIWO Gerätebau GmbH has been manufacturing power supplies for different scopes. We regularly conduct CCC or CQC certifications, our production sites as well as several products are CCC approved. We would be pleased to advise you on the selection of power supplies, and you will find us as a qualified partner for all issues regarding the certification of your power supply.