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KC Certification

Obtain the Korea KC Mark

What is KC Certification?

The KC (Korea Certification) mark signifies compliance with Korea's product safety requirements for electrical and electronic equipment and is issued by Korea-based certification bodies that have been approved by the Korea Standards Association. Manufacturers and distributors of electronic goods may apply a KC mark to their goods once they have completed the standard procedure:

  • Application – The application process involves the submission of an application form and product description. In addition, the manufacturer must obtain a certificate of registration.
  • Factory inspection – Production equipment and processes are inspected and audited for compliance with applicable safety criteria.
  • Product testing – The product is tested consistent with the requirements of the applicable safety standard(s).
  • EMC testing – The product is tested for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and immunity.
  • Post-certification surveillance – Regular factory inspections and market surveillance are required to verify continued compliance following certification.

Why is the KC mark important?

South Korea is one of the world’s leading markets for electrical and electronic equipment and devices. Products that do not have KC certification may be denied entry into the country, and manufacturers of non-certified products found on the market could be subject to penalties. Testing your products for compliance with KC certification requirements ensures legal market access to Korea, as well as acceptance by Korean electronic product buyers.

TÜV SÜD is your one-stop shop for KC CERTIFICATION

TÜV SÜD is one of the world’s leading product testing companies, with hundreds of labs worldwide and technical staff who stay up to date with the latest changes to regulation in all key markets. We have a close relationship with the Korean authorities and our safety and EMC testing results are recognized in support of KC certification applications.

TÜV SÜD is also authorized to perform factory inspections for compliance with applicable safety criteria. Our global network of accredited laboratories can test a wide variety of electrical and electronic equipment and devices to KC certification requirements, ensuring rapid access to South Korea’s 50 million consumers.

TÜV SÜD's Korean electronic testing and certification services

TÜV SÜD's services in support of KC certification for electrical and electronic equipment include:

  • Testing – TÜV SÜD testing laboratories are equipped to conduct all types of testing related to Korea requirements for KC certification
  • Documentation – We can review the scope and content of your documentation and advise of any changes necessary to ensure compliance
  • Regulations – TÜV SÜD technical experts keep up to date on worldwide regulations applicable to electrical and electronic equipment and devices and participate in several key industry groups and trade organisations
  • Other requirements – We can offer support in complying with KC certification requirements in conjunction with other international regulations and standards

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