The Industrial Product Manufacturing Licence is a domestic requirement that applies to manufacturing facilities within China. The licence is therefore only relevant for those European SMEs wanting to set up manufacturing facilities in China with the intention to sell to the Chinese market.
The manufacturing licence (also known as the Quality and Safety or QS mark) is best known as a quality mark for food and beverage products, but the mark is applied widely across 64 product categories including a number of household products.
Despite the quality and safety logo, the manufacturing licence is really a production permit to be obtained before commercial sales on the Chinese market can begin. In addition to the manufacturing licence other certificates will often apply, such as the CCC mark.
The EU SME Centre has produced a summary of the manufacturing licence describing the scope and application process to obtain the licence.