Following are recent and near future changes to electrical product regulatory requirements in South Korea.
Effective January 1, 2012, the Korean Communications Commission (KCC) requires radiated emission measurements at the limit, above 1GHz, by the highest internal source of the device and also conducted disturbance testing for devices with telecommunication ports. The limit is the same as CISPR 22:2006.
Effective July 1, 2012, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) will assume responsibility for regulating safety of electrical products sold in Korea, a role currently carried out by KCC. After July 1, KCC will only regulate IT/RF/Telecom products.
Effective January 1, 2013, KCC plans to expand its existing SAR requirements for mobile phones to include all radio equipment that is used within 20 cm of the human body. This harmonizes the Korean SAR requirements with FCC and other international standard requirements. Low powered radio devices (below 20mW) are exempt from this new requirement.
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Korea has finalized the transition from MIC to KCC to KC. Last Friday, July 1, 2011, was the effective date for final compliance with new labeling regulations from Korea’s Radio Research Agency (RRA). The KCC mark is no longer permissible for use on electrical products to be sold in South Korea.
As was discussed in a previous post, starting January 24, 2011, the KC (Korea Certification) mark replaced the KCC logo, with a transition time that ended Friday. (See what the KC & KCC marks look like.)
The regulations detail new marking requirements, as covered by the Conformity Evaluation Marking system.
The new Marking’s identifier has up to 26 digits and follows this format: KCC-VWX-YYY-Z… where:
- “KCC” is always the same
- “V” is the certification category C (certification), R (registration), or I (interim)
- “W” is the testing category R (radio), T (wired telecom), E (electromagnetic), or M (multi)
- “X” is the applicant type M (manufacturer), I (importer), or S (seller)
- “YYY” is the 3-digit company code
- “Z…” is the 14-digit maximum product ID which is assigned by the applicant and composed of letters, numbers, or hyphens
There is no longer a class “A” or “B” marking requirement.
The logo should be indigo, or optionally, gold, silver or black, and should be over 5mm tall.
Besides the KC logo & Identifier, other related information (certificate holder, model number, manufactured date, manufacturer and country of origin) must be put on the device’s label and its packaging.
In case of a small device, the related information may be left off the device, with this information on the individual package acceptable.
For extremely small devices, the mark is affixed to the packaging only.
Other Key Changes
Equipment utilizing KCC approved wireless modules may be exempt from additional wireless testing.
For equipment falling under the previous scope of Type Registration (KCC Wireless approval), KCC emissions & immunity EMC testing is required from July 1, 2011.
For equipment falling under the previous scope of Type Registration (KCC wireless approval) and EMC Registration (KCC EMC approval), KCC safety testing will be required from Jan 1, 2012.
This entry was written in Seoul, Korea, where MET Laboratories RFID Hardware Conformance Programs Manager Dusmantha Tennakoon attended the DASH7 Alliance Winter Member Meeting, and the RFID USN Korea 2010 International Exhibition & Conference.
First up was the DASH7 meeting:
- There were about 16 participants representing 9 companies on-site, with other members dialing in.
- Dusmantha gave a presentation on certification v2.0. MET Laboratories will offer certification testing to Mode 2 in 2011.
- DASH7 President Pat Burns gave a presentation that emphasized the importance of certification and interoperability. Interoperability test cases MET developed will be submitted to ISO for approval. It will be the first ever ISO interoperability specification.
- The National Instruments test system was successfully demoed using a Savi Technology RFID tag.
- There was discussion about having the next DASH7 meeting in China or Japan.
Next was the RFID USN Korea Exhibition & Conference:
- Over 20,000 people registered for the exhibition.
- Pat Burns of DASH7 gave the keynote. He emphasized that 433 MHz will be used in smart cards and smart phones in conjunction with NFC (13.56 MHz) for loyalty programs, access control, etc. Since 433.92 MHz is a harmonic of 13.56, it is possible to use the same antenna with the same radio design. There is no need to have separate radios, so there is no significant BoM addition.
- VI Service Network (VISN) Co. Ltd and National Instruments were awarded DASH7-Qualified Test Equipment certificates for the first recognized test system for testing DASH7 products. The system was validated by MET Laboratories and the DASH7 Testing and Certification Work Group. Sean Thompson, National Instruments RFID Segment Manager and Hui Shao, VISN Chief Engineer, received certificates.
- Savi Technology received DASH7 certificates for the first certified readers and tags to the ISO 18000-7 standard. These certificates were developed by MET Laboratories and signed by Pat Burns and MET President Rob Frier.
Korea’s Radio Research Agency (RRA) has just announced new regulation which will take effect January 24, 2011.
These changed regulations will significantly impact the current approval process for Korea. Listed below is the summary of changes:
- The KCC mark and logo will be changed to the KC mark, which will be the only mark for all Korea approvals. This KC logo will be enforced from January 1, 2011.
- From January 24, 2011, four approval options will be changed to three new approvals.
The old approvals were:
- EMC Approval
- Telecom Approval
- Wireless Approval
- Wireless Registration
The new approvals are:
- Compliance Approval (wireless products)
- Type Registration (ITE products and industrial products)
- Probable Approval (New products and developing products for which RRA does not have test standard)
For ITE, a RRA authorized lab needs to do the testing but there is no need to submit a test report to RRA.
In the case of Industrial products, the manufacturer can do the testing by itself and keep the technical documents for 5 years.