All electrical/electronic/radio products entering South Korea are subject to KC (Korea Certification) certification, a mandatory certification scheme that ensures only products certified by accepted certification bodies can enter the Korean market. The scheme verifies safety as well as Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Radio Frequency (RF) requirements when they apply.
The National Radio and Research Agency (RRA) reviews the registration and certification applications, designates equipment testing institutions, and grants certifications to applicants whose RF devices are in compliance with the applicable standards and regulations. The RRA is under the supervision of the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (MSIP).
In order to obtain the “KC” Mark, products that are in the scope of the KC system must fulfil:
Testing must be performed by an RRA accredited lab, which must be located in South Korea for the KC RF and a Local Representative is required. The validity of the certification is unlimited and two samples are typlically required (one normal and one modified).
The “KC Safety” is a mandatory Korean Certification System for electrical appliances used in AC 50V up to 1,000V.
The “KC RF+EMC” is mandatory for every Telecom and Radio Equipment system. This Approval is divided into three conformity assessment routes. The applicability of each route will depend on the product:
The most frequent route that will be applied, in order to obtain the KC Mark for radio equipment, is the Conformity of Certification. This route/scheme guarantee the compliance with radiofrequency (RF) and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) requirements. The steps for compliance with the Conformity of Certification and Conformity of Registration procedure are detailed below:
Once a product has received the KC approval, the KC Mark and identification mark must be affixed to the product. An example is given below:
Figure 6. KC Mark example
The identification mark format is R-X-ABC-YYYYYYY.
The size of the KC Mark can be adjusted according to the size of the product. The minimum vertical height of the mark must be 5mm. However, for the ultra-small products, the size of the KC Mark can be adjusted.