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KC – Korea Certification

What is the KC Certification?

South Korea is one of the most important industrial nations in the world. To achieve market access certain products that enter the South Korean market are required to be tested and certified. The KC Certification (Korea Certification) is all about prevention and reduction of risks regarding safety, health and/or environment.

Before 2009 there were 13 different certification systems required by different government organizations, some even partially overlapped. In 2009 then the government of South Korea decided to introduce the KC Mark and to replace the previous 140 test marks.

The KC Mark and the corresponding KC Certificate are similar to the European CE mark and is valid for 730 different products such as automotive parts, lifts, lighting system and many more. This test mark confirms that the respective product meets the Korean Safety Standard, called K Standard. The K Standard requirements are similar to the IEC Standard (Standard of International Electro technical Commission). Although the IEC Standard is similar, it is important to confirm that the Korean requirements are also met before applying.

There are some differences in the KC Mark (Korea Certification Mark) categories which are shown with a small letter next to the KC marking. These letters indicate the specific category test required for that product certification. There are the following certification field marking: “S” for safety, “Q” for quality, “E” for environment and “H” for health.

 

Certification authorities

The “Korean Agency for Technology and Standards” (KATS) is responsible for the KC Certification in South Korea. It is part of the “Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy” (MOTIE). KATS is establishing the regulatory framework for the market launch of different consumer goods to ensure the consumers’ safety.

Products which require a KC Label are required to be checked in accordance with the “Quality Management and Safety Control of Industrial Products Act” and the “Electric Appliances Safety Act”.

 

Fields of Certification

The KC Safety Certification System covers three product groups: consumer goods, electronic products and children’s products.

Consumer Goods

Consumer products which might be harmful to the health or safety of the consumer by their usage or through their characteristics, or if they pose a pollution risk to the environment need to get a KC certification (KC Mark).

Example products which need a KC Korea Certificate for South Korea:

  • Household Appliances
  • Audio & Video Devices
  • Scales
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Glasses Frames
  • Fans
  • Tents
  • Highly Visible Jackets

Other consumer goods that are required to have the KC label include automotive spare parts in the following categories:

  • Brake Hoses (FMVSS 106)
  • Seat Belt (UNECE Reg. 16)
  • Headlamps (UNECE Reg. 98, 112, 128)
  • Retro-Reflecting Devices (UNECE Reg. 3)
  • Rear Underrun Protective Devices (UNECE Reg. 58)
  • Replacement Brake Parts (UNECE Reg. 90)
  • Replacement Wheels for Passenger Cars (UNECE Reg. 124)
  • Glass Safety Glazing (UNECE Reg 43)
  • Rear Marking Plates for Heavy and Long Vehicles (UNECE Reg. 70)
  • Retro-Reflecting Materials (UNECE Reg. 70)
  • Warning Triangles (UNECE Reg. 27)
  • Rear Marking Plates for Slow-Moving Vehicles (UNECE Reg. 69)

The most important documents, which will be used for the KC certification in South Korea are the Korean “Motor Vehicle Management Act” and the “Korea Motor Vehicle Safety Standard” (KMVSS). The “Motor Vehicle Management Act” deals with the various kinds of vehicles and their registration, as well as the general information about safety standards and self-certification. The “Korea Motor Vehicle Safety Standard” lists the technical features of vehicles and the applicable safety standards.

Electronic Products

Electronic products to be sold in South Korea are required to have a KC (Korea Certification Mark) Certification. An accreditation is needed for products with more than 30V (AC) or 42V (DC). A distinction is made between the three verifications of conformity:

Type 1: Obligatory KC Certification

    • Product categories which are seen to pose a potential danger for users
    • Products will need to be tested at an approved South Korean test lab
    • The KC certificate is valid for 1 year
    • Factory inspection and market surveillance are required
    • Some product examples for Type 1 include: electric wire, cords, capacitors, switches for electrical appliances, filter, motorized electric tools, fuse holder, switches, insulated transformers, lightning appliances

Type 2: Safety Conformation KC – Korea Certification Self-Declaration

    • Product categories which are less dangerous for users, e.g. AV and ITE equipment
    • Products of this type do not have to be tested in Korea, but do need a certification and registration by KATS
    • The KC Certificate is valid for 5 years
    • There is no factory inspection and market surveillance necessary
    • Some product examples for Type 2 include: electric switches, electric appliances, information technology equipment, audio and video electronic apparatus

Type 3: Supplier Compliance

    • Product categories which are seen as not dangerous for users (e.g. appliances less than 50V)
    • Safety standards are applied according to in-house or third-party testing
    • No KATS (Korean Agency for Technology and Standards) registration or certification needed
    • The KC certificate has no expiration
    • No factory inspection or market surveillance is required
    • Some product examples for Type 3 include: fluorescent lamp starter, DC power supplies, charger for electric devices

 

The KC – Korea Certification – Certification Process

The process for KC Certification is similar to other international certifications. The first step includes preparation of application and supporting documentation including:

  • Application Forms
  • Business License
  • Complete contact details of the Korean importer and the production plant
  • Product descriptions and/or user manuals (in Korean language)
  • List of critical components
  • List of insulation material (only electronic products)
  • Block diagram and circuit diagram (only electronic products)
  • Letter of approval
  • Name plate
  • Factory questionnaire

After submitting the documents and applications for the KC Certification they will be checked for consistency and accuracy by the relevant authority. As a part of the approval process to receive the KC Mark, it is required to have the products tested by an internationally accredited test lab. A factory inspection will also be required in accordance to the Korean regulations for safety products.

After receiving the KC Certificate there will be required follow-up audits and product tests for Type 1 KC Certification products.

There are several approved testing centers which can be used to confirm the product conformity, these are the “Korea Testing Laboratory” (KTL), the “Korea Testing and Research Institute” (KTR) and the “Korea Testing and Certification” (KTC).

Process of KC Mark Certification:

Process Korea Certification

 

Other KC Mark Certifications

KCC-RRA Authorization for Products with Radio Technologies

Products with radio technologies also need a KC Certification to get access to the South Korean market. The organizations that are responsible are: the South Korean authority “Nation Radio Research Agency” (RRA) and the “Korean Communication Commission” (KCC).

A local, Korean, representative is required for KC Certification of radio technologies.

Product testing at an approved Korean test lab is required.

The approved KC label is required to be displayed along with the certification number and the conformity information of the authorities on the product, the product packaging and the user’s manual.

The KC Certificate for radio technologies has no expiration as long as there are no product modifications.

KC EMC Certification / KC RF Certification

All technical equipment of the information, communication and telecommunication technology which will be sold in South Korea are required to have a KC EMC Certification. This certification confirms that the products are electromagnetically compatible and harmless for the consumer.

Products which are equipped with wireless, RF or radio need a KC RF Certification. The national certification authority for KC EMC and RF certification is the “National Radio Research Agency” (RRA).

KCs – Korea Certification Mark for Machines

Machines that may be potentially harmful required the KCs Mark (“s” for safety). This is a test mark of the “Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency” (KOSHA) which shows that the machine is tested and approved for safe operation.

Some products that need a safety certification include:

  • Cranes
  • Pressure Vessels
  • Lifts
  • Presses, Shearing/Press brakes
  • Rollers
  • Injection Molding Machines
  • Mobile Elevated Work Platforms
  • Gondola Lifts
  • Sawing Machines

Some products, that need a self-regulated safety check:

  • Grinders
  • Industrial Robots
  • Mixers
  • Crushers
  • Food Processing Machines
  • Conveyors
  • Automobile lifts

For this KC Mark there are two groups which have a different process of certification; Certification of Compliance (CoC) and Declaration of Conformity (DoC).

If the process of the machine is potentially harmful (e.g. with a pressure vessel) a Certification of Compliance (CoC) in necessary. As part of the CoC approval an annual factory inspection is necessary.

Products, which are related to safety (e.g. the personal protective equipment) are also required to have a KC Certification and a Certification of Compliance (CoC). As part of the CoC approval an annual factory inspection is necessary.

For products where there is only a risk of injury when safety-related component fail (e.g. machine tools or industrial robots), a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is accepted.

Several regulations are applied for the safety certification: [Article 34 to 34-4 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act; Article 28 of the Enforcement Decree of the same Act; and Article 58 to 58-8 of the Enforcement Regulations of the same Act].

The following regulation are applied for the self-regulated safety check: [Article 35 to 35-4 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act; Article 28-5 of the Enforcement Decree of the same Act; and Article 60 to 63 of the Enforcement Regulation of the same Act].

 

The KC Label

If the product has been successfully certified for the South Korean market, the KC label is required to be displayed along with the certification number and the conformity information of the authorities on the product. The information must be in the Korean language (English language is optional).

 

KC Label

 

 

Our service package for your KC Certification

If you are interested in certifying your products for the South Korean market, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

    • We will check whether your products require KC Certification
    • We offer a non-binding quote for the KC Certification, in order to provide an idea of costs
    • We accompany you through the entire certification process
    • We take over all communications with the Korean authorities
    • We provide advice on how to best complete the application documents
    • We handle product testing in Korea
    • We provide support when applying for the approval label
    • We pay all application and test fees to the Korean authorities
    • We prepare you for and accompany you during the factory audit
    • We ensure that the certification process runs as smoothly and quickly as possible, and that effort on your part is minimized


If you need assistance with your KC Certification or have any questions, you can contact us any time. Call us directly: EU: +49-69-2713769150, UK: +44-2071931135, US: +1-773-654-2673) or send us an email.

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