5.3 Products Requiring 3C Certification
In China, products which have an impact on the health and safety of people, animals and plants, on environmental protection and on public security are subject to a unified compulsory product certification system known as 3C (China Compulsory Certification or CCC). China implemented this new system of compulsory product certification on 1 May 2002 to replace the Great Wall CCEE mark and CCIB mark used in the old system.
The Regulations on the Administration of Compulsory Product Certification, the Measures for the Administration of Compulsory Product Certification Mark, and the Circular on Issues Relating to the Implementation of Compulsory Product Certification form the legal basis for compulsory product certification. They contain unified stipulations on the applicable product ranges, use of the CCC mark and supervision and monitoring of the system, etc. Products listed in the compulsory product certification catalogue must be certified by designated certification bodies, meet statutory quality standards, and must be granted the relevant certificate and affixed with the CCC mark before they can leave factory and be imported, sold or used.
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