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KC (Korea Safety Certification) Scheme

 

What is KC ?

The electrical appliances safety certification system is in force based on “Electrical Appliances Safety Control Law” and electrical products can be manufactured and placed on market acquisition of safety certification. (Electrical appliances technical standard : apply “K standards” complying with international standard IEC standards)

 

Safety Confirmation

    - Safety Certification is a procedure to verify safety of electrical appliances by conducting product testing ensures whether subjected appliances are complying with relevant safety standards and factory inspection safeguards if factories continue maintaining quality of the appliances before placing the appliances on the market.

    - Routine Inspection is a follow up after certification procedure for safety certification bodies to check whether certified appliances continue maintaining the safety performances of relevant standards and requirements, and this stipulates conducting routine factory inspection minimum frequency of once per year with annual product verification testing, and the most representing product model from a category or a class among 11 different product categories or classifications certified shall be place to the testing in annual basis; fees and costs involved in all routine inspection procedures shall be paid by factories.

 

Self-regulatory Safety Confirmation

is an advanced certification management system under the amended Electrical Appliances Safety Control Act (enforcement on January 1, 2009), which classifies electrical appliances safety management system into mandatory Safety Certification and Self-regulatory Safety Confirmation in accordance with hazardousness level of appliances, and made appliances in lower risk of hazardousness level be subject to the Self-regulatory Safety Confirmation scheme, thus the factories can register their products to market them with less restriction.

 

 

      - How to register for self-regulatory Safety Confirmation
After factories or importers take product testing from a safety certification body and register the relevant appliances to the safety certification body if the results verify the appliances are complying with the safety standards. Under this scheme, routine inspection (including routine factory inspection + Annual Product Testing), which shall take minimum frequency of once per year will be exempted; validation period of the registration is for five (5) years

 

Comparisons between Safety Certification and Self-regulatory Safety Confirmation Schemes

Items

Safety Certification

Self-regulatory Safety Confirmation

Product Testing

Safety Testing

EMC Testing

under control by RRA since 2012

under control by RAA
since 2012

Factory Inspection

Production & Inspection Facilities

Not applied

Incoming Material and Manufacturing Processes

Not applied

Product Inspection

Not applied

Certification – Registration

Issue Certificate

Issue Confirmation Registration Letter

Routine Inspection (Annual Product Testing + Routine Factory Inspection

No Routine Inspection

 

 

 

 

 

 

Certification Process Flow Chart

 

 

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