- KC Certification (Korea Certification Mark) is a compulsory certification system designed to protect Korean citizen’s rights from products that may cause safety problem or have tendencies to harm consumer’s life or give damage to property and natural environment.
- KC certification is a national integrated certification mark such as CE of the EU, PS of Japan, and CCC of China. It will only be issued only after obtaining the 23 detailed certification system sectors, such as safety, health, environment, and quality according to the characteristics of the product.
- Also, anyone who wants to manufacture, import, distribute, and sell products subjected to KC certification in Korea must undergo a certification process based on Korea standards. The testing has to be done by a country designated testing institute and the certification is has to be done by a national institution.
2. KC Law and Fines
- If a product subjected to KC certification is manufactured, imported, distributed, or sold without KC certification or falsely labeled, the concerned party will be legally prosecuted by Korean legislation authority and can be sentenced up to three years in prison or fined up to 30 million won.
3. Certification Necessity
- KC certification regulates target products under 18 laws. Obtaining KC Certification is essential for manufacturing, importing, distributing, selling, and displaying products subjected to KC certification in Korea. Relevant laws are periodically updated to reflect the range of products subject to KC certification.
- KC certification was established in July 2009 by integrating 10 certification marks. It is gradually expanding and currently 23 Korean statutory obligation certification system from 8 departments are using the KC certification marks.
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