South Korea

Basis for approvals in South Korea: KC certification, KC Marking, KC EMC certification, KCs Certification, KEMCO certification.

South Korea is one of the most innovative countries and a profitable market for entering goods. Before being allowed to import and sell products in South Korea, conformity with local regulations must be ensured.

For many manufacturers or importers, conformity with local regulations often means a certification is required to verify compliance with the requirements of applicable consumer safety standards.

WWBridge has the expertise to assist with compliance management and can help you make the right choices to access the Korean market, while carrying out the necessary testing and certification quickly and professionally.

Certification services in South Korea:

  • KC certification
  • KC Marking
  • KC EMC certification
  • KCs Certification
  • KEMCO certification

KC certification

KC is a mandatory system to sell only the certified by Korea certification body product. It prevents electrical appliances from causing any accidents by risk or malfunction and requires compliance in accordance to Electrical Appliances Safety Control Act and related law.

KC has 3 schemes to confirm compliance:

  • KC Safety Certification
  • KC Safety Confirmation
  • KC Supplier Confirmation

KC Safety Certification is applicable for the products that could potentially be a high level of danger to the user. Such items require the Safety Certification procedure. According to this scheme the production audit is mandatory and carried out regularly once per year. The procedure can be simplified if the manufacturer has CB tests and certification (preliminary testing can be skipped).
Important! This requirement applies not only to the product, but also to the components.

KC Safety Confirmation - according to this scheme the manufacturer could provide 3rd party tests and certification, which include the standards and requirements of Korea as country deviation. Also, product registration is required.
Electrical equipment that is classified as less dangerous for users could apply for this type of Korea certification.
No audit requirements, the Certificate is issued for 5 years.

KC Supplier Confirmation - according to this scheme the manufacturer could provide 3rd party tests and certification, which include the standards and requirements of Korea as country deviation.

No product audit or registration required. Only electronic products which are classified as not dangerous could be Certified by this scheme.
All manuals for products must be in Korean before the start of the certification procedure.

The KC certification is manufacturer-based. This means that there is no differentiation between an applicant and the manufacturer.

If a product subjected to KC certification manufactured, imported, distributed, or sold without KC certification or falsely labeled, the concerned party would legally prosecute by Korean legislation authority. It can be sentenced up to three years in prison or fined up to 30 million won.

KC Marking

KC Marking

Once a product has been successfully certified, the KC label has to be marked on the product along with certain additional information. KC Mark is a national integrated certification mark such as CE of the EU, PS of Japan, and CCC of China. Under the KC logo the certification body and certificate number must be displayed. In addition, certain product information must appear on the product label. This includes the product and model name, production date and rated voltage (for electronic products).

While the KC logo remains a fixed requirement, actual labeling requirements around specific product information can vary between product categories. 

WWBridge provide services for manufacturers with expert support and guidance on the marking requirements and procedures. We are up-to-date with the latest guidance and standards and we can guide you through the entire process in a few steps.

KC EMC certification

Most electronic devices as well as broadcasting and telecommunication equipment that will be sold in Korea are required to obtain a KC EMC Certification. EMC Certification confirms that a product is electromagnetically compatible with the environment in terms of emissions and interference, and poses no risk to a consumer.

The responsible institutions for KC EMC Certifications are the South Korean National Radio Research Agency (RRA) and the Korean Communication Commission (KCC).

As wireless technologies become more and more prevalent in electronic devices, the KC EMC Certification is further gaining importance.

The application documents

• English translation of the manufacturer’s extract from the commercial register
• Drawing and photos of the product to be certified
• Marking information of the product
• In-house test reports of the product to be certified
• Description of the test requirements

The process for the KC EMC Certification includes

• the submission of application documents to the authority
• subsequent product testing in Korea after the authority has concluded their initial review of the submitted documents. 

Once testing has been completed and test reports have been issued, the RRA will issue the respective certificates to the applicants.

WWBridge can provide you with a KC EMC Certificates based on your submitted datasheet that you can send to [email protected], or call +7 (495) 787-87-70.

KCs – Korean Safety Certification

KCs – Korean Safety Certification

The Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA) unified safety certification systems under the Occupational Safety and Health Act in Korea. Only products that have been tested by an internationally accredited testing center, certified and labelled with the Korea Certification (KCs) mark may enter the Korean market. 

The KCs mark demonstrates that industrial equipment and machinery are safe and consistent quality in manufacturing process is ensured. Industrial machinery, protective devices and personal protective equipment are mandated to comply with safety requirements, technical capacity or production system requirements as per Korean Laws.

Two different types of documents: 

• Certification of compliance (CoC)’
• ‘Declaration of conformity (DoC)’.

Process of KCs Certification

• Application
• Written examination of documents
• Product examination
• Quality assessment
• Issue KCs Certificate

Surveillance – Every year

The surveillance audit regularly executed to verify if the manufacturer who obtained the safety certification obeys the standards of safety certification constantly

WWBridge can help you to conduct testing and inspections of your products subject to a ‘Declaration of conformity (DoC)’. Partnering with us means short lead times and benefitting from our established working relations with local authorities. Ask how we can help you efficiently gain the KC mark for your products.

KEMCO certification (Energy Efficiency)

The KEMCO certification was established to help controlling energy consumption in South Korea. It is a major factor in controlling emissions and setting the right incentives for improving energy efficiency.

Certification authority

The most important organizations for the energy efficiency regulations are the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) and the Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO).
The implementation and execution of these regulations and programs has been delegated by MOTIE to KEMCO.

Energy Efficiency Label and Standard Program (mandatory)

The Energy Efficiency Label and Standard Program is a mandatory certification scheme that covers 35 product categories, including:

  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Washing machines
  • Dish washers
  • TVs
  • Electric motors
  • Domestic gas boilers
  • Electric fans

Normally, only already KC-certified products fall under this energy efficiency program. It requires product testing at designated national labs to determine the energy efficiency grades. The test report has to be provided to KEMCO, which makes it publicly available. Manufacturers then have to attach a label indicating the energy efficiency grade on their product.

e-Standby Program (Mandatory)

This program is also a mandatory scheme that covers around 22 product categories and encourages a lower standby power consumption and the adoption of energy saving modes while products are idle.

Included products are for example:

  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • TVs
  • Monitors
  • Home audio products
  • Servers
  • Hand dryers
  • Copiers

Testing in designated labs is required for a successful application with KEMCO.
The below label on the left can voluntarily be attached if products meet the required standards. However, products have to attach the warning label, should they fail to conform to the specified standby power standards.

High-efficiency Appliance Certification Program (Voluntary)

This voluntary program covers roughly 44 products categories, mainly targeting appliances for industry or buildings. If they satisfy the energy efficiency standards set by the government, they can apply the respective label and may be eligible for financial support.

Products include:

  • Lighting equipment
  • Industrial gas boilers
  • Inverters
  • Centrifugal blowers
  • Industrial oil boilers
  • LED security light fixtures
  • LED traffic lights
  • Heat recovery ventilators

For receiving approval by KEMCO, applicants must submit application documents and a test report issued by a designated testing facility.
Once the KEMCO certification is approved, manufacturers can mark with the following label

The experts at WWBridge can help you determine the specific type of certification you need, and therefore what testing, inspection, and certification requirements you need to meet. Please, feel free to contact our team through e-mail: [email protected], or call +7 (495) 787-87-70.

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Is the local representative company required for handling the EAC certification?
In accordance with the Customs Union legislation, a foreign manufacturer must have a Local representative company (an Applicant) on the territory of the Customs Union (CU) to issue the certificate/declaration. This means that an Applicant for you can be your customer, distributor or official representative company in CU. WorldWideBridge LLC will be mentioned on certificate/declaration as a local representative. 
What does Annual maintenance inspection assume?
Each serially producing product that requires Certificate of conformity is subjected to Annual Maintenance Inspection (or so-called Inspection control) in case of applying for more than 1-year certificate. It assumes that certification body which issued the CoC needs to confirm that the product is still produced at the same quality. It can be done through the re-testing or reviewing of Quality Management System documents. In some cases, the certification body can initiate a production site audits during AMI.
What does the cost of certification services depend on? Is there any price list?
The cost of certification services depends on the type of the required approval document and technical characteristics of the product itself that influences the scope of tests that are to be conducted. We have no price-list because used to work with a wide range of certification bodies, testing laboratories, and other specialized state institutions (Federal Security Service (FSS) licensing center, Radiofrequency center (RFC), Rostekhnadzor, Roszdravnadzor, etc.)And this means that the price can vary depending on product specification and certain certification body's pricing policy. If we are talking about the product specification, then the cost can be affected by the number of models, differences in applied models, the number of communication standards used (for radio products), the number of declared protective properties (for PPE), metrology characteristics ( for measuring devices) and so on. Each product is unique, each request must be carefully calculated to determine the type of document, the amount of testing, the most optimal certification scheme, the number of test reports, etc. Also, it is important to note that CU certification bodies have a certain accreditation (product range they can approve). So, in case of big projects that include different products for certification we should apply to several different authorities. Each of those has individual pricing policies due to their testing facilities. This fact can significantly affect the pricing and process. Our goal is to provide accurate consulting services in a specific case. Therefore, we are happy to evaluate the client's application, which contains the name and description of the product and the HS code (Customs code).
What is the EAC mark and when should it be applied?
EAC mark is an approval sign for products that are needed to be imported to the Customs Union (CU). This mark gives the opportunity to enter the markets of Russia, Belarus, Kazakstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, distribute products throughout the entire territory of these countries, and extend your audience to almost 200 millions of people. EAC mark can be obtained only after the certification procedure according to the Technical Regulations of the Customs union is finished. ЕАС abbreviation stands for “Eurasian Conformity”. The unified mark is applied to each unit of production, packaging or accompanying documentation. The image of the unified mark has to be one colour and contrast with the surface colour on which it is applied. The place of application of the unified mark on the product, packaging and documentation is established in technical regulations of the Customs union.
Can the production site audit be replaced by CIG report?
The production site audit can be required in case the product requires the Certificate of conformity to the Technical Regulation of the Customs union. A lot of our clients are interested whether the production audit can be replaced by CIG report that use to be issued by most European producers. Customs union approval procedure does not assume replacing of the audit by providing CIG report because the expert from certification authority is obliged to check the QMS personally according to our law.
How is determine whether the Declaration of conformity or Certificate of conformity is required?
The necessary form of the approval document depends on the product description and HS code (Customs code). In each technical regulations of the Customs union, there is the List which determines whether Certificate of conformity or Declaration of conformity is required for certain product according to its HS Code and application field. In some cases, technical parameters must be also taken into consideration (for pressure equipment, PPE products, etc.).
What is required to import the samples for tests?
The samples can be imported for test only after all the preparations. Firstly, we should prepare the application for the certification and confirm it with the client.  On the second stage, the client s preparing the invoice for samples delivery that is needed to be sent to us for the check.  When the samples arrived at the customs clearance office the receiver prepare all the necessary documents confirming the import purpose and pay all the required fees to the government.  Import fees depend on the announced product price according to the shipping invoice. Products that are valued less than 200 EUR are free from such fees.  The final stage assumes the registration of the cargo declaration that confirms that the samples passed the customs clearance and can be used on for certification.
How can the EAC approval documents be prolonged after the expiration date?
Customs union certification system does not assume the prolongation procedure. This means that the certification process must be repeated including tests, production site audit if required. After all the procedures are done you will receive a new approval document. 
Is there an open register where the issued EAC approval document can be checked?
Almost all approval documents are to be registered in the open registers. Here you can refer to some of them: the Registered EAC Certificates of Conformity ,  the Registered EAC Declarations of Conformity , the registered State Registration Certificates , FFS Notifications (encrypted means) register.  If you need additional information please apply to [email protected]

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