[Updated on March 3, 2022]
A new function "account certification" was added into GACC food manufacturer registration system recently. (See the introduction of the registration system below.)
Before the launch of this new function, manufacturers producing products both within the 18 food categories (e.g. dairy products) and beyond (e.g. biscuit products) are confused about their registration method, for the registration of the manufacturing of the 18 food categories should be registered via competent authority recommendation, while the registration of the manufacturing of other foods can be completed by themselves.
On Dec. 17, 2021, ChemLinked answered this question in our FAQ article related to GACC food manufacturer registration. First, for food manufacturers who haven't applied for the registration, the manufacturer need to contact overseas competent authority first to get an assigned account for the manufacturer registration platform. After obtaining the account from the authority, the manufacturer can submit application for all food categories, including dairy products and biscuit products. (The system account created by manufacturers can only apply for the foods beyond the 18 food categories.)
Second, for enterprises that have already got the product registration number beyond the 18 food categories through self-registration, they can contact competent authorities in exporting areas or countries. The competent authority will accredit the system account created by manufacturers. After that, enterprises can apply for the registration of the 18 food categories with this system account. It is because the accredited account can get access to the registration of all food categories (both within the 18 food categories and beyond).
Hence, this newly added function is to help these applicants to apply for the "account certification" within the system. [Notes: For manufacturers who only produce foods beyond the 18 food categories and do not have the plan to produce products within the 18 food categories, it is not necessary for them to apply for "account certification". It is because the accounts created by themselves already have the access to the registration of foods beyond the 18 food categories.]
For manufacturers who need the registration service of products within the 18 food categories, you may contact ChemLinked (firstname.lastname@example.org) for help. With success registration experience, REACH24H consulting group, the founder of ChemLinked, can provide both consultation service and registration service regarding overseas manufacturer registration.
[Updated on Feb 11, 2022]
Recently, China has added more products into the GACC food manufacturer registration scope, such as frozen fruits and potato starch. Enterprises shall log in the registration platform and re-confirm if your products were newly added into the scope. Methods are clarifies as below. (If you found your products under the function "Product Type Query", it means that your products are subject to the manufacturer registration.)
Assorting with the upcoming implementation of “Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on the Registration and Administration of Overseas Manufacturers of Imported Food (Decree 248)” on Jan. 1, 2022, China released the Import Food Enterprises Registration Platform on Nov. 1, 2021, which only supports Chinese at that time.
On Nov. 25, 2021, GACC launched the English site of Import Food Enterprises Registration Platform.
How to Get Access to the English Site
Method 1: Visit http://cifer.singlewindow.cn/ to get access to the system and choose the language of English.
Method 2: Compared to the system launched on Nov 1, 2021, the access to the updated system is moved to a separate module. Visit https://www.singlewindow.cn/ and click the banner “China Import Food Enterprise Registration” in the red box.
Then it will jump to the page shown in Method 1. Choose the language of English and sign in.
How to Fill in the Information
Step 1: Click the button “Application for register”.
Step 2: Choose the food category and subcategory of products that are being exported to China.
Step 3: Finish the registration page.
Introduction of Basic Functions
1. How to find your food category and its corresponding registration method?
Click the button of “Product type query”. Then input the HS Code of your product and click ”Query”. If the word “NO” appears under the “Officially Recommended Registration” column, it means enterprises need to apply for the registration by themselves or by agents.
2. How to check the approved registration number?
Click “Integrated query” and then “application form query”. Choose the application type (e.g. registration application) and click “query”. If the application is approved, registration number will be shown below.
3. How to revise user information?
Click “应用 (application)” and then “用户管理 (user management)”. (The language of this step is still in Chinese. We assume the system will be further optimized.)
In this “user information management” page, applicants can modify the information related to password, phone number, contact person, etc.
You can also view ChemLinked online course for more info related to GACC overseas food manufacturer registration and the requirements specified in Decree 248: The Ultimate Guide to China's GACC Overseas Food Manufacturer Registration.
[updated in Dec 30, 2021] GACC overseas food manufacturer registration platform released a new function today, which supports the application of alteration registration. Manufacturers can now log in the system to add more products, etc.