The new certification method divides the application products into two categories:
Category 1 (Compulsory Certification) require factory inspection, and the certificate has no expiration date; the first application requires an initial factory inspection and then an annual inspection.
Category 2 (voluntary certification) does not require factory inspection and the certificate is valid for five years.
South Korea will classify audio-visual (AV) products, some information (IT) products, and originally non-mandatory personal computer power as “Voluntary Safety Verification”, and the certificate is valid for five years.
The audio-visual products and some information products that have applied for the EK mark will be automatically converted into new categories in the system of the Korean issuing unit, and the certificate will be valid from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2013. See “Related Product Catalog” for details.
In addition, since July 1, 2009, Korea has unified the original EK mark into the KC mark. Since the mark conversion does not affect the certification safety standard, the original certificate does not need to be updated with any version, but the original EK mark will only It can be used until June 30, 2011, after which the “logo” on the product nameplate must be converted to the KC mark before being sold in Korea.
At the same time, the existing 13 kinds of certification marks such as the electrical product mark “K”, the gas product mark “check”, the daily necessities mark “KPS”, and the information communication equipment mark “MIC” will also be upgraded to the compulsory certification mark “KC”. The corresponding original certification of more than 20 types of examination methods will also be reduced to 9 types.