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ROK Conformity Assessment System: Introduction

Conformity Assessment System

Conformity assessment is a term used to describe steps taken by both manufacturers and independent third parties to evaluate whether products, processes, systems, services or personnel adhere to the requirements identified in a specified standard. Conformity assessment activities such as testing, certification, and accreditation are closely associated with standards and provide the consumer or end user with a measure of confidence in the products and services being purchased. For this reason, conformity assessment has become a critically important aspect of conducting business in the global marketplace and is often made visible through product marking or other marketing and promotional efforts.

The Korean conformity assessment system is governed by the National Standards Act of Korea. The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) coordinates the development and implementation of Korean policies, and also acts as an accreditation body through its various accreditation schemes. Specifically, the Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (KOLAS) and the Korea Accreditation System (KAS) represent Korea in the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), and other international and regional conformity assessment fora.

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