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South Korea

WHAT IS the meaning of KC MARK?

The KC (Korea Certification) mark indicates compliance with Korean product safety requirements for electrical and electronic equipment and is issued by Korean-based certification organizations approved by the Korean Standards Association. Manufacturers and distributors of electrical goods may mark KC on their products once they have completed the normal process:

*Application – The application process includes the submission of an application form and product description. In addition, the manufacturer must obtain a registration certificate.

*Factory inspection – Manufacturing equipment and processes are tested and tested to comply with applicable safety procedures.

*Product Testing – The product is tested in accordance with the requirements of applicable (safety) standards.

*EMC Test – The product has been tested for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and immune defenses.

*Post-certification monitoring – General industry testing and market monitoring are required to ensure continuous certification compliance.

WHY IS KC MARK IMPORTANT?

South Korea is one of the world’s leading markets for electronics and electronics. Products without a KC certificate may be banned from entering the country, and manufacturers of uncertified products available on the market may be fined. Checking your products for compliance with KC certification requirements ensures access to the official Korean market, as well as acceptance by buyers of Korean products.

KC Certification Authorities

“Korean Agency for Technology and Standards” (KATS) is responsible for KC certification in South Korea. It is part of the “Department of Trade, Industry and Energy” (MOTIE). KATS establishes a regulatory framework for the market introduction of various consumer goods to ensure consumer safety.

In addition, they are responsible for the standardization of standards and international integration efforts for equity. Products that require a KC label need to be evaluated in accordance with the “Management and Safety Control of Industrial Products Act” and the “Electric Appliances Safety Act”.

There are three major bodies that are accredited as certification bodies and are allowed to conduct product testing, factory testing and certification. These are the “Korea Testing and Research Institute” (KTR), the “Korea Testing Laboratory” (KTL) and the “Korea Testing Certification” (KTC).

Asia - South Korea

Regulatory Authority
RRA
Mandatory/Voluntary
Mandatory
Report Acceptance
360Compliance In-house Testing and Report
In-country Testing Required
Yes
Local Representative Required
Yes
Label Mark Requirement
Yes
Certification Validity Period
TBD
Label Mark Example
Regulatory Authority
RRA
Mandatory/Voluntary
Mandatory
Report Acceptance
Yes
In-country Testing Required
Yes
Local Representative Required
Yes
Label Mark Requirement
Yes
Certification Validity Period
5 years from date of certificate issue
Label Mark Example
North America (3)

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