In South Korea, Motor Vehicle Management Act is to manage motor vehicles efficiently and secure the performance and safety of motor vehicles by prescribing the matters concerning the registration, safety standards, self-authentication, correction of manufacturing defects, inspection, maintenance, testing of motor vehicles, and motor vehicle management business, etc., and thereby contributing to promoting public welfare.
A person who intends to manufacture, assemble or import a motor vehicle (including the incomplete motor vehicle and the motor vehicle manufactured by phase) shall self-authenticate that the model of the relevant motor vehicle meets the safety standards (Korea Motor Vehicle Safety Standard - KMVSS) for motor vehicles (in cases of an incomplete motor vehicle or a motor vehicle manufactured by phase, referring to the safety standards for motor vehicles to be applied as at the time when a manufacture, etc. concerned is finished), as determined by Ordinance of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
It is difficult to post-manage such as the damage to car owners and recall of defective parts, which are distributed without verification of the safety of parts and devices purchased and installed by consumers in automobiles, and to secure public safety from these parts and devices. Increase the need for government management.
For certain automotive parts entering the aftermarket, KC (Korea Certification) scheme is applied which was regulated by the Ministry of Industry. From 2018, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) has taken over the regulating and supervising responsibilities of KC certification for automotive components.
ATIC has successfully provided certification and consulting services for Chinese electric vehicle OEMs ever since the year of 2016. ATIC conducts in-depth regulation research, set up regular technical meeting with Korea Automotive Testing and Research Institute (KATRI), Korea Transportation Pollutant Research Center (TPRC) and Korea Automotive Parts Association (KAPA). ATIC is capable of providing technical service from KMVSS self-certification, environmental certification, fuel consumption testing, subsidy testing, KC certification throughout the whole automotive homologation process.
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ATIC assists importer or manufacturer to prepare registration documents and submit them to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. After the review and approval, a registration certificate is issued to the importer or manufacture
ATIC experts formulate testing plan and follow up tests in designated laboratories, and submit test reports to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for review
After completing the registration as a parts manufacturer and complete a testing for component, the product can be registered, engraved with the certification identification number and commercialized in South Korea market
After obtaining the certificate, market surveillance will be conducted by authorities, if there is any non-conformance, follow-up measures shall be taken including re-certification, recall or penalties
Other Key Points
- Application of registration
- Confirmation of testing facility
- Documents related to quality relevant technical personnel
- Change registration application (if needed)
- Documents to change of company information (if needed)
- Test facility change documents (if any)
- Existing certificate (if expired)
- Certification conformity survey and production defect investigation will be conducted after certification process
- Importer or distributor
- Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
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