Industrial Standards in South Korea

Overview by
National Standards Organizations
Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS)
Integration in the International Standards Network
International Level: The International Standard organization (ISO); The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Asia-Pacific Level: The APEC/SCSC; The ASEM/TFAP/SCA, Trade Facilitation Action Plan/Standards and Conformity Assessment of the Asia-European meeting; The Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC).

Obligation to Use Standards
In many cases, the government obliges the industries to meet KS standard, even if the KS usage is not totally obligatory.
Classification of Standards
KS consists of 16 categories from General to Information Industry and is divided into three parts. More information available on The Korean standards website.
Assessment of the System of Standardization
Respect of voluntary standardization is highly regarded in Korea; it can increase sales potential on the market and the acceptance of the product by consumers.
Online Consultation of Standards
Korean Standards Service Network
Certification Organizations
Korean Standards Association (KSA)
Associations of Standards Users
Community of Korea Standards Association (KSA)

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