Guide to Licensing of Enterprises Producing Special Equipment
2009-05-22

1、Project name

Licensing of Enterprises producing special equipment

2、Setting basis

Article 14 in Regulations on Safety Supervision of Special Equipment: Units manufacturing, installing or altering boilers, pressure vessels, elevators, lifting appliances, passenger ropeways, large amusement devices, as well as their safety accessories and safety protection devices, and units manufacturing pipes, fittings, valves, flanges, compensators and safety protection devices used for pressure pipelines (hereinafter referred to as the pressure pipelines components), may not conduct the corresponding activities until they have been licensed by the department for safety supervision administration of special equipment of the State Council.

3、application requirements

Units manufacturing special equipment shall meet the following requirements:

(1)Having obtained a business licenseand/or documents of registration issued by local authorities in accordance with the law.;

(2) Being staffed with relevant management staff, professional technical personnel and skilled workers suitable for manufacturing special equipment;

(3)Having production site, processing equipment and testing means suitable for manufacturing special equipment;

(4)Having a sound quality control system and management system which can function effectively;

(5) Having technical specifications and standards of safety suitable for manufacturing scope;

(6) Complying with the basic requirements of national technical standards of safety on the safe performance of products.

The specific requirements shall be followed in accordance with the stipulations as specified in the Requirements for Boiler and Pressure Vessel Manufacture Licensing and Regulations on Permission for Manufacturing Mechanical and Electronic Special Equipment by AQSIQ.

4、license issuing authorities

(Ⅰ) The AQSIQ is in the charge of the acceptance and approval of the licensing of enterprises producing the following special equipment:

1. Boilers

(1) Pressure-resistant Steam Boilers (Level A, B, C)

(2) Pressure-resistant Hot-water Boilers (Level A, B, and/orca)

(3) Organic Fluid Heaters.

2. Pressure vessels

(1) Stationary pressure vessels (Level A)

(2) Mobile pressure vessels (Level C)

(3) Gas cylinders (Level B)

3. Pressure piping components

(1) Pipes, pipe fittings, valves, flanges (Level A)

(2) Compensators (Level A)

(3) Potted components (Level A)

(4) Special components (Level A)

4. Elevators

(1) Passenger elevators (Level A, B, and/or C)

(2) Hydraulic elevators (Level B)

5. Hoisting Machinery

(1)Bridge cranes(Level A);

(2)Gantry cranes(Level A);

(3)Tower cranes(Level A);

(4)Runabout cranes(Level A);

(5)Railway cranes(Level A);

(6)Portal jib cranes(Level A);

(7)lifters(Level A);

(8)Cable cranes(Level A);

(9)Light-small lifting equipment (Level A);

(10)Mechanical parking systems(Level A).

5. Passenger ropeways

6. Large amusement devices

7. Relevant components and safety devices

(1) Components that go with boilers inspected and approved by the AQSIQ;

(2) End Enclosure head in boiler pressure vessels whose diameter is no less than 1800mm;

(3) Elevator parts;

(4) Safety accessories and safety devices except water gauges, water level control and alarming devices, pressure control and alarming devices, temperature control and alarming devices, burning interlock protectors, liquid-level indicators,safety interlocking devices for fast-open pressure vessels; and

(5) Steel plates, steel tubes and welding materials used in boiler pressure vessels.

(Ⅱ) The acceptance and approval of the licensing of enterprises producing the following special equipment is in the charge of Provincial-level Bureaus of Quality and Technical Supervision entrusted by AQSIQ:

2. Pressure vessels

Stationary pressure vessels (Level D)

3. Pressure piping components

(1) Metal pipes, pipe fittings, valves, flanges (Level B)

(2) Compensator (Level B)

(3) Pressure pipe supporting components (Level B)

4. Elevators

(1)Freight elevator(Level B、C)

(2)Hydraulic elevator(Level C)

(3)Service lift(Level C)

(4)Escalator(Level B、C)

(5)Moving sidewalk(Level B、C)

5. Hoisting Machinery

(1)Bridge cranes(Level B,C);

(2)Gantry cranes(Level B,C);

(3)Tower cranes(Level B,C);

(4) Runabout cranes(Level B);

(5)Railway cranes(Level B);

(6)Portal jib cranes(Level B);

(7)Lifters(Level B);

(8)Gin pole derricks(Level B);

(9)Swing lever cranes(Level C);

(10) Light-small lifting equipment(Level B, and/or C).

6. Relevant components and safety devices

(1), Water gauges, water level control and alarming devices, pressure control and alarming devices, temperature control and alarming devices, burning interlock protectors, liquid-level indicators, safety interlocking devices for typical fast-open pressure vessels; and

(2), End enclosure head in boiler pressure vessels whose diameter is less than 1800mm.

5、Licensing procedures

Special equipment licensing includes procedures, such as application, acceptance, trial production, pattern test, survey and assessment, approval, issuance of license.

(Ⅰ) Applying for license

Units applying for manufacturing license (hereinafter referred to as applying units) shall file an application (the application form can be downloaded from relevant website, in quadruplicate) to the Administrative Licensing authorities and submit the following materials (one share for each):

1. Copies of the legally obtained business licenses and registered certificates issued by local authorities; and

2. Other material required in the relevant technical regulations of safety.

(Ⅱ) Acceptance

For the acceptable application, the Safety Supervision Department will examine the applying materials and endorse on the application form and return the endorsed application form to the applying unit. For the manufacturers, whose application is unacceptable, the Safety Supervision Department will release a notice of non-acceptance to the applying units.

(Ⅲ)Trial producing and pattern testing

As to the products which are subject to do trial producing and pattern testing, the manufacturer, whose application has been accepted, shall trial-produce the typical product and conduct pattern test. (List of pattern testing authorities is released on the relevant website of AQSIQ).

The authority undertaking pattern test shall issue a pattern test report to the applying unit.

(IV)The applying unit shall ask and contract the Survey and Assessment Agency for on-site survey, with accepted application document and pattern test report of relevant equipment. (Survey and Assessment Agencies are released on the relevant website of AQSIQ). Survey and assessment procedures shall be conducted in conformity with safe-technical requirements and regulations. The Survey and Assessment Agency shall issue a survey report to the Safety Supervision Department of License-issuing Authorities after the completion of on-site survey and assessment.

(v) Approval and license-issuing

For the qualified enterprises, the License-issuing Authorities issue the Special Equipment Manufacture License after examining and approving procedures (one original and one copy). For the unqualified enterprises, the License-issuing Authorities shall issue a letter of decision of “not granting manufacture license” to the applying units.

The examining and approving projects in the charge of Provincial Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau entrusted by the AQSIQ shall be issued the License in the name of AQSIQ.

The Manufacture Licensing Office of Special Equipment Safety Supervision Department (information about the addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses is released on the relevant website) under AQSIQ is responsible for handling the daily affairs on manufacture licensing.

For the specific procedures, please refer to the corresponding the regulations on permission for manufacturing special equipment.

6、Time Limit 

(1) The Safety Supervision Department in charge of handling the application shall decide whether an application is acceptable within 15 working days after receiving the application documents from the manufacturer.

(2) After the Survey and Assessment Agency receiving the applying unit’s contract and pattern test authorities receiving the testing application, they shall work out a plan in 5 working days,  finish the survey and assessment and pattern testing (the pattern test on large, extraordinary special equipment and their components shall be conducted according to certain conditions)work within 3 months and issue the survey and assessment report and pattern testing report within 30 working days.

(3) TheLicense-issuing Authorities shall finish the examination and approval work in 20 working days after receiving the survey and assessment report and issue the License in 10 working days.

(4) After the application is accepted, the applying unit shall ask and contract a survey and assessment authority to finish the surveying and assessing work within a year (For large equipment, the time limit can be prolonged to 2 years). Otherwise, the applying unit shall reapply.

7、Supplementing items

The license holder shall reapply if adding licensing items, sorts, categories and varieties. However, the product required to conduct survey and assessment can be exempted from the survey and assessment procedures if there are no changes on elementary conditions during license renewal.

8、License renewal

The Manufacture License is valid within four years from the date of issuance. The license holder shall apply for license renewal six months ahead of the expiry of its Manufacture License according to the license applying procedures and requirements. For the specific requirements of license renewal, please refer to the relevant technical regulations for safety.

9、Changing and continuing

(1) The license holder shall, owing to the changes of name and address of the organization and so on, fill out the modification application (released on the relevant website) and submit the corresponding certificates. The License-issuing Authority takes the responsibility of changing and issuing the license.

(2) After applying for recheck according to regulations, the license holder, who needs to extend  the duration of validation of the obtained license because of changes of addresses, restructing, disasters, wars and other force majeure, shall conduct the extension application 30 days ahead of the expiry of its Manufacture License. However, the extension of validity is usually no longer than a year.

10、Charging basis

Notice on the Relevant Issues of Inspection and Testing Fees on Special Equipment like Boilers by Ministry of Finance and State Planning Commission (Finance [2001]10) and other relevant local regulations.

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