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Certification procedures put pressure on foreign companies

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  • According to article 23 of the Cybersecurity Law, critical network products and specialized cybersecurity products shall be security-certified or tested before being sold or supplied. ​
  • To enforce article 23, CAC and other authorities published the first catalog of critical network products in June 2017, just after the Cybersecurity Law came into effect.  ​
  • Based on the first Catalog, four types of products are defined as critical network products: Routers, Switches, Servers and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). ​
  • However, the standards and requirements for certification and testing were unclear until Feb. 2021, when the mandatory security requirements of critical network product (GB 40050-2021) was published. In addition, recommended technical standards for critical network products also have been issued in 2021 and 2022. ​
  • However, the standards and requirements for certification and testing were unclear until Feb. 2021, when the mandatory security requirements of critical network product (GB 40050-2021) was published. In addition, recommended technical standards for critical network products also have been issued in 2021 and 2022. ​
  • As the enforcement of critical network products is ramping up, foreign companies whose products have not passed certification or testing in time will potentially face a sales ban according to the Cybersecurity Law. Domestic brands may use this as an opportunity to increase their market share and accelerate the substitution of foreign brands with domestic firms in the field of critical network products.​
  • The time window is still open, but foreign companies producing these products should act swiftly to avoid negative effects from delayed certification/testing in China.​

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