In order to obtain market approval for products for China, a manufacturer is increasingly faced with the question of which approval regime must be used as the basis for approving a product for the Chinese market.
For technical products, three different certification regimes apply here, whose applicability and necessity depends on the product and the technologies used there:
The three certification regimes differ in terms of necessity, test requirements documentation, complexity and validity period.
The CCC certification based on the China Compulsory Certificate is issued by the responsible government agency in China and is in principle comparable with a CE marking for the European region.
Products requiring certification, such as information technology equipment, telecommunications equipment and accessories or medical devices, may only be sold and used on the Chinese market once CCC certification has been obtained.
More information on the dedicated page: CCC certification
A NAL certification is essential for telecommunications products that are connected to the public telecommunications network, such as telecommunications terminal and radio communication equipment as well as telecommunications equipment for inter-network connectivity.
For foreign manufacturers, NAL certification is mandatory for telecommunications products before a product can be imported and marketed in China.
More information on the dedicated page: MII/NAL certification
Products that require SRRC certification include mobile phones (GSM or CDMA), wireless LAN (WLAN) devices, and devices that use the following technologies:
The necessary tests need to be carried out in a test laboratory accredited by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Only after a successful SRRC certification an application for a NAL certification can be processed, because the test results of a SRRC certification are the basis for a NAL certification.
More information on the dedicated page: SRRC certification
|Duration of approval||3-5 years, depending on the approval scheme|
|Approval label required?||Yes|
|Local representative required?||Yes|
|Local testing required?||Yes|
|Time zone||GMT +8|
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China released a Notice announcing that Wi-Fi equipment with public network IP address allocation function must now support IPv6 protocol prior to being imported or sold within China. The Notice will come into effect on December 1, 2023, Wi-Fi devices without IPv6 protocol support that are manufactured or imported prior to December 1, 2023 may still be sold and used.