Since the 1980s, South Korea has gradually established its own automotive certification system with reference to the international typical automotive type approval system.
Compulsory acts and regulations stipulate that any motor vehicle entering the South Korean market must be certified by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT), Ministry of Environmental (MoE) and Ministry of Industry (MoI) through certification scheme of safety, environmental protection and fuel consumption. For electric vehicles, the subsidy test, which is regulated MoE, is required. MoE subsidizes the models that have passed the test. The amount of subsidies varies according to the policies.
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.
For certain automotive parts entering the aftermarket, KC (Korea Certification) scheme is applied which was regulated by the MoI. From 2018, MOLIT has taken over the regulating and supervising responsibilities of KC certification for automotive components.
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