BTF Korea test certification project introduction

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BTF Korea test certification project introduction

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Korea electronic and electrical products safety Certification system, that is, KC Mark Certification (KC-MARK certification), is the Korea Institute of Technical Standards (KATS) in accordance with the “Electrical appliances safety Management Law” in January 1, 2009 began to implement a mandatory safety certification system.

The latest “Electrical Appliances Safety Management Law” requires that according to the different levels of product harm, KC certification is divided into three categories: Mandatory Safety Certification, Self-regulatory Safety Confirmation and Supplier Self-confirmation (SDoC). From July 1, 2012, all electronic and electrical products that apply for Korean certification within the mandatory scope must obtain KC certificates and KCC certificates for their Safety and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements.

At present, a total of 11 categories of household appliances, audio and video products, lighting equipment and other products are within the scope of KC mark certification control of electronic appliances in Korea.


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KC certification, or Korean Certification, is a product certification that ensures that products comply with Korean safety standards - known as the K standard. KC Mark Korea Certification focuses on the prevention and reduction of risks related to safety, health or environmental impacts. Prior to 2009, different government organizations had 13 different certification systems, some of which partially overlapped. In 2009, the Korean government decided to introduce the KC mark certification and replace the previous 140 different test marks.

The KC mark and the corresponding KC certificate are similar to the European CE mark and apply to 730 different products such as auto parts, machinery and many electronic products. The test mark confirms that the product complies with relevant Korean safety standards.

K standard requirements are usually similar to the corresponding IEC standard (International Electrotechnical Commission standard). Although IEC standards are similar, it is also important to confirm Korean requirements before importing or selling into Korea.

KC certification is what is known as manufacturer-based certification, meaning that it does not distinguish between manufacturers and applicants. Upon completion of the certification process, the actual manufacturer and factory will appear on the certificate.

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South Korea is one of the most important and innovative industrial countries in the world. In order to gain market access, many products entering the Korean market need to undergo testing and certification.

KC Mark Certification Body:

The Korea Bureau of Technical Standards (KATS) is responsible for KC certification in Korea. It is part of the Department of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). KATS is establishing the regulatory framework for the listing of different consumer products to ensure the safety of consumers. In addition, they are responsible for drafting standards and international coordination around standardization.

Products requiring the KC label must be inspected in accordance with the Industrial Product Quality Management and Safety Control Act and the Electrical Appliances Safety Act.

There are three main bodies that are recognized as certification bodies and are allowed to conduct product testing, plant audits and issue certificates. They are "Korea Testing Institute" (KTR), "Korea Testing Laboratory" (KTL) and "Korea Testing Certification" (KTC).


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