1. Certification Process
① Product & Law Review
· Analyze the technical field and detailed specifications of the product and then confirm them with related KC certification subjected to 18 laws and regulations.
The next step is to define the related test specifications according to 23 types of KC certification.
② Preparation and Application
· Submit the KC Certification Application with all supporting documents.
③ Product Testing
· The product is tested by a designated test institute in Korea and then the certificate is issued.
④ Factory Inspection
· An accredited certification body sends auditor to inspect the manufacturing plant. Factory audit takes approximately 2 days.
⑤ KC Certification Approval
· Review product test and factory inspection results, and if it passes the standard, KC certificate will be issued.
If the application didn’t pass, the detailed explanation will be included in KC review report.
⑥ Product Marking and Labeling
· The product is certified by attaching the KC certification mark.
⑦ Follow-up Inspection
· Periodic audits are conducted every two years after the first certification. The procedure is similar to the first certification.
Once the results of the periodic inspection are confirmed and all requirements are met, the certificate is verified.
2. Product & Law Review
- KC Certification integrates 18 laws and 23 Korean compulsory certifications. Therefore, it is possible to minimize the time and cost required for certification by precisely analyzing on whether it is in conflict with relevant laws or certifications
- By analyzing the technical field and detailed specifications of the product, it is possible to determine which system of KC certification is in conflict, and then figure out the accurate test items and costs through communication with the host organization in the form of a report.
3. Product Testing
- Product testing is conducted by an officially designated testing laboratory in Korea and usually takes 3-6 weeks depending on the product. During certification, the measurement unit must be in accordance with Korean national standards for all performed testing.
- Korean national standards are mainly similar to European and other international standards. Most of the product testing do not accept any testing that is conducted outside of Korea, but in some cases, some of the tests procedure can be replaced by CB.
4. Factory Inspection
- Factory audit is usually completed within 1 day and mostly can be managed by 1-2 auditors. The auditors will check whether KC regulations in Korea have been implemented.
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