Administrative Rules of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone on Product Codes
(Promulgated by Decree 47 of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government on April 14, 1995; Revised by Decree 82 of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government on January 26, 1999；further revised by Decree 235 of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government on December 31rd, 2011)
Chapter Ⅰ General Principles
Article 1 These Rules are formulated according to relevant state regulations and in combination with the actual circumstances of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (hereinafter referred to as the special zone) in order to push forward the progress of coding products in the special zone, share the information of production and sales, raise the product’s competition capacity and promote the development of social economic and trade in the special zone.
Article 4 The administrative department of technology supervision of Shenzhen Municipality shall be the competent department taking charge of the coding work (hereinafter referred to as the code competent department), shall be responsible for uniformly organizing, coordinating and administering the coding work in the area under its jurisdiction, and shall fulfill the following duties:
(1)putting into effect the national standards of code and relevant technology documents. It is encouraged to adopt international standards;
(2)receiving the applications for registering product codes;
(3)taking charge of the daily administration to product codes and the supervision to the quality of code products; and
(4)organizing the technology exchanging and training in the code industry.
Article 5 All the product codes for use shall be registered. No unit or individual may fabricate a product code or use other’s product code.
Article 6 Enterprises may apply for registering product codes voluntarily. Any unit which applies for registering a product code shall submit the following materials to the code competent department for preliminary examination:
(1)the application letter for registering product codes;
(2)the certificate of the unit code and the copy of business license;
(3) the certificate of registered trademark if the product code is used on a product with registered trademark.
The code competent department shall submit the application which passes the preliminary examination to the national code competent department for review within 7 days.
Article 8 An enterprise may not formally use its registered product code or become a member of the Chinese Product Code System (hereinafter referred to as the system member) until it gets the certificate of registered product code. The code competent department shall regularly publicize the product codes registered by the system members.
(1)using its registered product code only on the products produced or operated by it, except under the circumstances stipulated by Article 14;
(2)using the product code according to relevant national standards, or according to its own standards made in consistence with the national standards.
Article 10 The using period of a product code shall be 2 years, and shall be applied for renewal when the period expires. The code competent department shall inform system members of the renewal in writing at 3 months before the period expires. If a system member does not apply for renewal after the period expires, the code competent department shall cancel its certificate of registered product code and make a publication. The term of “code renewal” mentioned in these Rules refers to that a system member asks to continually use its product code after the using period expires.
Article 11 If a system member changes its name, it shall go to the code competent department to go through the formalities of name changing by its business license within 30 days upon the changing date. The code competent department shall publicize the renamed product code.
The code competent department shall publicize the cancelled product code which is stopped to be used. No unit or individual may start using the cancelled product code arbitrarily.
Article 14 If an enterprise is entrusted in processing a product and uses the product code registered by the entrusting party, it shall register and record the following materials to the code competent department within 30 days upon the processing contract taking into effect:
(1) the entrusting party’s certificate of registered product code;
(2) the processing contract.
Article 16 If an enterprise produces, operates a code product or uses a product code, it shall accord with the requirements of compulsory national standards and industry standards, or the requirements of its own standards if there is no national or industry standards.
Article 17 Any enterprise which produces printed matters of product code shall have the printing ability, and may not engage in the business of printing product codes until the code competent department grants it a qualification certificate of printing.
Article 18 When the code competent department carries out supervision and selective examination to code products, it may go to the producing, operating or using unit for checking its certificate of registered product code, recording certificate and qualification certificate of printing.
Article 19 Anyone who fabricates a product code or uses other’s product code in violation of the provisions of Paragraph 2 of Article 5 of these Rules shall be ordered to make correction within a limited time by the code competent department, and shall be imposed a fine of 1 to 3 times of his illegal gains simultaneously.
Article 20 Anyone who uses an unregistered product code or does not put a product code for record in violation of the provisions of Paragraph 1 of Article 5 or Article 14 of these Rules shall be ordered to supplement the relevant formalities by the code competent department, and shall be imposed a fine of 5000 yuan if he refuses to obey the order.
Article 21 Any enterprise which transfers its registered product code to another enterprise to use in violation of the provisions of Article 9 of these Rules shall be ordered to make correction within a time limit by the code competent department, and shall be imposed a fine of 5000 yuan simultaneously.
Article 22 Anyone who starts using a cancelled product code without approval in violation of the provisions of Paragraph 2 of Article 12 of these Rules shall be ordered to make correction within a time limit by the code competent department, and shall be imposed a fine of 5000 yuan if he refuses to make correction.
Article 23 Anyone who engages in code printing business without applying for a qualification certificate of printing to the code competent department in violation of the provisions of Article 17 of these Rules shall be imposed a fine of 1 to 3 times of his illegal gains.
Article 24 Any working person of the code competent department who abuses his powers, neglects his duties or plays irregularities for favoritism shall be imposed administrative penalty by his competent department, and shall be investigated for criminal responsibilities if his act constitutes a crime.
Article 25 These Rules shall take into effect as of the date of promulgation.