September 17, 2020
On Oct.1, 2019, equipment for use in hazardous locations was added to the list of products required to carry the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) mark, with a one-year transition period for all impacted products. It will be up to the manufacturer to ensure their products are CCC certified by Oct. 1, 2020. Any prior Chinese certification will be invalid after this date. So, if you’re already active in the Chinese market, you need the CCC mark to continue doing business. If you are interested in expanding your business by exporting products to China, understanding the CCC mark requirement changes is necessary.
The CCC mark has existed for many years, as a mandatory certification mark for goods sold in China. It was previously applicable only to general purpose equipment, and HazLoc equipment was excluded. CCC is similar to other certifications for product safety compliance such as IECEx and ATEX. The CCC affects most HazLoc product manufacturers that want to gain or maintain market access in China.
The new regulations will replace the legacy “License A” production mark for Ex manufacturing to the CCC mark and adding further requirements such as additional documentation, testing and factory surveillance. The new system will include: type test on representative samples, audits in accordance with IEC 80079-34 and ongoing supervision after certification. These requirements are also being extended to all factories where these HazLoc products are produced, no longer merely factories within China.
UL now has eighteen experts on staff that have been registered as auditors qualified to perform CCC quality system audits. Our experts are located across four continents, enabling us to best serve customers globally. Working together with our partners in China, UL can now assist in all phases of the process leading up to CCC certification – including remote auditing, or in some cases, delayed factory audits which are temporarily postponed until after travel restrictions are lifted.
The new CCC regulation requires special audits to be performed at any factory producing these product types. The audit is based on ISO/IEC 80079-34, Application of Quality Systems for Ex Product Manufacture. The quality system requirements in this standard are over-and-above ISO 9001 requirements. UL employees can now perform these CCC audits in combination with an ATEX, IECEx or INMETRO quality system audit.
UL can accelerate the certification process by assisting manufacturers in obtaining CCC certification, including remote auditing as well as testing and evaluation to Chinese national standards. We can help streamline the CCC testing and auditing as an integral part of our existing services for U.S. certification, ATEX and IECEx, helping you to achieve certification for the Oct. 1, 2020 mandatory date. The effective date is rapidly approaching – take action now or it could affect your business’s bottom line. Contact UL today to discuss if a remote audit would work for you. For more information, watch the on-demand webinar.