News: CCC for Ex

CCC certification for Ex in China
(last update: 2019-04-25)

In 2019, there will be coming new certification rules for Ex-products sold in China. These new rules will apply to products manufactured inside China AND to products manufactured outside China.

All Ex-products sold in China will be required to be covered by a CCC product certification

The new CCC regulation requires that ALL Ex-products, irrespective of the place of manufacture, must be assessed in a three-step CCC certification process:
1. The Type Test (Ex-product evaluation, testing and certification)
2. The Initial Factory Inspection
3. The Post-Certification Supervision

Until now, manufacturers that sold Ex-products inside China, but manufactured these Ex-products outside China, were exempt from CCC and thus exempt from steps 2 and 3. Under the new CCC rules, the full 3-step CCC certification process will apply to them.

Thus, the initial and on-going production quality at the manufacturing location(s) for the Ex-products, will become part of the CCC certification in the near future.

Important to know:
These new CCC certification rules (CNCA-C23-01:2019) are currently being drafted by experts from CNEX/CQST appointed by CNCA and other authorities in China.
- The formal Product Certification Implementation rule is being finalised now.
- An Ex-Product Catalogue is being prepared, stating requirements for specific product categories.
- A Guideline for the CCC certification of Ex-products is in preparation.

As soon as further details emerge, we will state them on this page for you.


FAQ

1. What (new) legislation is going to apply for Ex-products in China?

Regulation CNCA-C23-01: 2019.

2. When will the new Regulation become law?

It is expected to become Chinese Law before October 01, 2019.

3. Does it apply to Ex-products manufactured inside China?

Yes, it applies to all Ex-products listed in the Product Catalogue.

4. Does it apply to Ex-products manufactured outside China?

Yes, see answer 3 above.

5. When will all Ex-products in China have to comply with the new Regulation?

A 1 year transition period is anticipated.

6. What has changed under the new Regulation, compared to the previous Ex-product certifications?

The new CCC (Ex) Regulation for Ex-products is a mandatory conformity certification activity, applicable to all Ex-products listed in the Product Catalogue, sold in China.

7. What has changed under the new Regulation, compared to the previous Ex-production quality  certifications?

The new CCC (Ex) Regulation for Ex-products now specifically includes initial audits and follow-up audits, applicable to all Ex-products  listed in the Product Catalogue, sold in China. The certification module is:

Ex-Type Examination + initial audit + follow-up audit

8. Are there Ex-products exempt from this new Regulation?

Yes, those Ex-products that are not listed in the Product Catalogue (for example: Ex LED lights).

9. How / where can we find more information or guidance to this new Regulation?

A guideline will be published after the Regulation becomes effective, after it has been published this can be downloaded from the following website:

http://www.china-ex.com/cnexcb.aspx.

10. We have an existing valid CNEx certificate. Do we need a new Ex-product certificate to comply with this new legislation?

Yes. However, an existing valid CNEx Certificate could be accepted by CNEx as the Ex-type Examination Report for the new CCC (Ex) certificate.

11. We have a valid IECEx QAR and/or ATEX QAN for our production quality. Do we need a new Ex-production quality certificate to comply with this new legislation?

Yes.  The audit team will check the production quality at the manufacturer according to the requirements of the annex XX of the new Regulation,  which will be adapted from ISO/IEC 80079-34.

12. We have a new Ex-product that we want to sell in China. What should we do?

Apply for the new CCC (Ex) certification of the product according to the new regulation. An Application Form for this can be downloaded from our website at:

www.cnex-global.com.

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