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CCC mark


Starting on the 1st of August 2003, exported products to the People's Republic of China without CCC mark may be held at the border by Chinese Customs and subject to other penalties.

The new CCC mark conformity system will impact greatly many manufacturers across
a wide range of sectors who export to the China market, especially those who have been exporting to China in the past and are not ready yet for the new system.

Below is a brief description of the procedures toward the CCC mark conformity:

  1. Step One: Determine WHETHER Your Products Require CCC Mark
    • 1.1 First of all, you need to determine whether your products require the CCC Mark.
      • This can generally be done by studying the list of products subject to CCC Mark. There are totally 19 groups of products divided into 132 product categories on this list.
      • Component parts of finished products, spare parts and replacement parts, may in some cases require CCC certification.
      • Should your products fall into any, or more that one, of the 132 product categories, you will generally be required to apply for the CCC mark.
      • If the descriptions on the list of products subject to CCC Mark is not specific enough for your determination, you can:
    • 1.2 Do your products qualify for an exemption from the CCC application?

      In certain circumstances products requiring the CCC mark may qualify for exemption from the CCC application process. Please learn more at
      CCC Exemption Guide.
  2. Step Two: Self-assessment Prior To Application For CCC Certification

    Products applied for CCC certification must conform to Chinese standards and/or other additional technical requirements.

    The CCC system is based on the Chinese GB Standards,
    GB stands for "Guo Biao" in Chinese which means literaturely "National Standards".

    Because the testing and assessment for the CCC conformity system is based on the mandatory Chinese "GB Standards" and the CCC application may take several months to be completed, it can certainly save both time and money for the
    non-Chinese manufacturers to make a self-assessment, on the design-level, of their products against the Chinese GB Standards.

    Implementation Rules Booklet provides with numerous "GB Standards" and, in many cases, the corresponding international standards such as IEC standards.

  3. Step Three: Apply For CCC Certification
    • 3.1   On-site Factory Inspection and Audit.

      Generally speaking, inspector(s) will inspect and audit the manufacturing facilities for the products.
    • 3.2  Evaluation of Results and Approval.

      • If the evaluation results meet the CCC requirement, a China Compulsory Certification (CCC certification) will be issued to the manufacturer or its agent.
      • If the evaluation results do not meet the CCC requirement, the applicant will be informed of the reasons of failure. The applicant may re-apply for CCC certification after correcting its unqualified items.
  1. Step Four: Purchase or Print the CCC Mark Labels
    • The manufacturer or its agent can purchase the ready-made self-adhesive CCC Mark labels then affix it on the products. There are currently 4 models of CCC marks (S, EMC, S&EMC and F) at 5 different sizes (8mm, 15mm, 30mm, 45mm and 60mm) for purchasing.
    • The CCC certification holder may also apply, to one of the designated Printing Houses, for printing its own CCC mark labels.
  2. Step Five: Supervision After Certification.

    Regular supervision will be exercised over the CCC-qualified manufacturers to ensure the quality of their products meet the standards. Generally speaking, manufacturing facilities for the products need to be re-inspected/audited by inspectors every 12-18 months.





List of certain GB standards


GB standards are the Chinese national standards issued by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), the Chinese National Committee of the ISO and IEC. GB stands for Guobiao (simplified Chinese: 国标; traditional Chinese: 國標; pinyin: Guóbiāo), Chinese for national standard.


Mandatory standards are prefixed "GB". Recommended standards are prefixed "GB/T" (T from Chinese language 推荐 tuījiàn, "recommended"). A standard number follows "GB" or "GB/T".


The following is a list of some National Standards of the People's Republic of China. Compared to many international standards of ISO, many standards are identical (IDT), equivalent (EQV), or non-equivalent (NEQ).




Adopted standard


Mandatory standards

GB 2312-1980


Code of Chinese graphic character set for information interchange, primary set

GB 3100-1993

EQV ISO 1000:1992

SI units and recommendations for the use of their multiples and of certain other units

GB 3101-1993

EQV ISO 31-0:1992

General principles concerning quantities, units and symbols

GB 3259-1992


Transliterating rules of Chinese phonetic alphabet on titles for books and periodicals in Chinese

GB 3304-1991


Names of nationalities of China in romanization with codes

GB 5768-1999


Road traffic signs and markings

GB 6513-1986


Character set for bibliographic information interchange on mathematical coding of characters

GB 7714-1987


Descriptive rules for bibliographic references

GB 8045-1987


Mongolian 7-bit and 8-bit coded graphic character sets for information processing interchange

GB 12050-1989


Information processing - Uighur coded graphic character sets for information interchange

GB 12052-1989


Korean character coded character sets for information interchange

GB 12200.1-1990


Chinese information processing - Vocabulary - Part 01: Fundamental terms

GB 13000.1-1993

IDT ISO/IEC 10646.1:1993

Information Technology - Universal multiple-octet coded character set (UCS) - Part 1: Architecture and basic multilingual plane

GB 14887-2003


Road traffic signals

GB 18030-2005


Information technology - Chinese ideograms coded character set for information interchange - Extension for the basic set

GB 500011-2001[1]


Civil engineering - Code for seismic design of buildings

GB 50223-2008[2]


Civil engineering - Standard for classification of seismic protection of building constructions

Recommended standards

GB/T 148-1997

NEQ ISO 216:1975

Writing paper and certain classes of printed matter--Trimmed sizes-A and B series

GB/T 1988-1998

EQV ISO/IEC 646:1991

Information technology--7-bit coded character set for information interchange

GB/T 2311-2000

IDT ISO/IEC 2022:1994

Information technology - Character code structure and extension techniques

GB/T 2260-2007


Codes for the administrative divisions of the People's Republic of China

GB/T 2261-1980

None but similar with ISO 5218

Codes for sexual distinction of human beings

GB/T 2659-2000

EQV ISO 3166-1:1997

Codes for the representation of names of countries and regions

GB/T 4880-1991

EQV ISO 639:1988

Codes for the representation of names of languages

GB/T 4880.2-2000

EQV ISO 639-2:1998

Codes for the representation of names of languages--Part 2: Alpha-3 code

GB/T 4881-1985


Code of Chinese languages

GB/T 5795-2002

EQV ISO 2108:1992

China standard book numbering

GB/T 7408-1994

EQV ISO 8601:1988

Data elements and interchange formats --Information interchange--Representation of dates and times

GB/T 7589-1987


Code of Chinese ideogram set for information interchange - 2nd supplementary set

GB/T 7590-1987


Code of Chinese ideogram set for information interchange - 4th supplementary set

GB/T 12200.2-1994


Chinese information processing - Vocabulary - Part 02: Chinese and Chinese character

GB/T 12345-1990


Code of Chinese graphic character set for information interchange, supplementary set

GB/T 12406-1996

IDT ISO 4217:1990

Codes for the representation of currencies and funds

GB/T 13131-1991


Code of Chinese ideogram set for information interchange - The 3rd supplementary set

GB/T 13132-1991


Code of Chinese ideogram set for information interchange - The 5th supplementary set

GB/T 13134-1991


Yi coded character set for information interchange

GB/T 15273


Information processing--8-bit single-byte coded graphic character sets

GB/T 15834-1995


Use of punctuation marks

GB/T 15835-1995


General rules for writing numerals in publications

GB/T 16159-1996


Basic rules for Hanyu Pinyin Orthography

GB/T 16831-1997

IDT ISO 6709:1983

Standard representation of latitude, longitude and altitude for geographic point locations

GB/T 17742-1999


China Seismic Intensity Scale, or liedu

GB/T 19000-2000

IDT ISO 9000:2000

Quality management systems--Fundamentals and vocabulary

GB/T 24001-1996

IDT ISO 14001:1996

Environmental management systems--Specification with guidance for use






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