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South Korea: Elimination of Period of Validity of Foreign Test Reports on Electrical Appliances (KC Mark)

October 10, 2018

By: Jane Kim- South Korea Regulatory Program Expert

Based on Notification No. 2018-193 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology:

  • The period of validity for foreign test reports (previously 3 years for CB Test Reports and Certificates) has been eliminated for electrical appliances.

The effective date of this notification was  July 1, 2018.

The South Korea KC standards have harmonized with IEC standards, and the deletion of the validity period of foreign test reports has been reflected in the KC operation guide. Previously, if the CB Test Report and Certificate had an issue date less than 3 years old, the KC certificate could be issued by the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU.) Now, submission of the CB Test Report and Certificate can be accepted by the Certification Body regardless of the issuance date.

How UL can help

UL continues to be one of the top issuers of CB Certificates. We also have staff located in South Korea who can work in the local language and are experts in the KC certification processes and requirements to facilitate compliance and access to the South Korean market.