South Korea KC Certificate Services
Electrical and electronic products are subject to mandatory KC Certification. The KC certification scheme includes safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and radio Frequency (RF) requirements.
Under the KC Safety certification scheme many types of equipment require safety approval. Electrical and electronic equipment are categorized into Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3:
Type 1 (Mandatory Safety Certification): Consist of 53 product categories (e.g. Hazardous location, heavy machinery, firefighting equipment) that are considered as posing comparatively more danger to consumers. These products must be tested in-country by a KATS* certified laboratory, and require certification and registration by KATS*.
Type 2 (Self Declaration Certification): Consist of 93 product categories that are considered to be less dangerous to consumers (such as A/V and ITE equipment). Products under this category do not require in-country testing, but do require certification an registration by KATS* are required to meet safety standards without factory inspection or on-going market surveillance.
Type 3 (Declaration of Conformity – DoC): Consist of 33 product categories that are considered to be not dangerous to consumers (e.g. less than 50V). Products under this category are required to meet safety standards either by in-house or third-party testing. No KATS registration or certification is required.
*KATS: Korean Agency for Technology and Standards.
All electrical and electronic equipment requires KC EMC certification. Equipment incorporating radios, RF or wireless requires KC RF certification. The national certification body for KC EMC and RF certification is the RRA (National Radio Research Agency).
Once a product has received KC certification, the KC logo and product certificate number must be labeled on the name plate of the product.