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ROK Conformity Assessment System: Key Organizations

Conformity Assessment System

The Korean conformity assessment system relies on interaction from the major international bodies all the way to the consumers. A chart showing the interaction between the international and Korean bodies is provided below.




Korea Conformity Assessment

Key organizations in the conformity assessment systemof Korea include:

Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS)

The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) sits under the Ministry of Knowledge & Economy. KATS’ role in Korean conformity assessment is two-fold. First, KATS administers and coordinates Korean voluntary standardization and conformity assessment activities. Second, KATS also acts as an accreditation body, operating two schemes for laboratory and product certification.

Korean Standards Association (KSA)

The Korean Standards Association (KSA) is a certification body accredited by KATS. Since 1998, KSA has carried out the Korean Industrial Standards (KS) Certification Scheme, which provides manufacturers with a certification mark indicating that their product meets the relevant KS requirements. KSA also carries out certification according to ISO and other international standards.

Korea Accreditation Board (KAB)

The Korea Accreditation Board (KAB) is the accreditation body responsible for accrediting certifiers of Quality Management Systems (QMS) and Environment Management Systems (EMS). KAB is recognized by the Korean Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Energy (MOCIE) to run these accreditation programs.

KAB is the Korean signatory to the International Accreditation Forum Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (IAF MLA), and represents Korea in the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) for matters related to QMS and EMS.

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