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Korea KCS

Korea Ex certification agencies: KTL (preferred), KGS and KOSHA

Applicable KCS standards: 

  • Industrial Safety and Health Law Article 34 & 35

IECEx certificate/report/QAR:  Acceptable

Factory inspection:

  • Initial factory inspection can be waived via QAR
  • The 2nd year factory inspection needs to be conducted by KCS

Depending on the score of 2nd-year inspection, the inspection can be valid for another 2-3 years.

Local representative: No

Certificate validity: Infinite

Sample requirement: No sample

Ex critical component requirements: IECEx or KCS approved
If it’s IECEx approved, 
all revisions of reports and certificates are needed

Document checklist: Korean manual, technical drawings, product specification and others

Lead time:  3-4 months

Certification procedure: 

  • Application submission
  • Document review
  • Draft report/certificate review
  • Issue of KCS certificate

Products in scope:

  • Ex motors
  • Ex communication, signal devices
  • Ex pumps
  • Ex air conditioning, ventilation system
  • Ex power distribution devices
  • Ex electrical heating devices
  • Ex switches, control and protective device
  • Ex accessories, Ex components
  • Ex starters
  • And more

Other applicable regulatory requirements: KCC, RRA and etc.

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