South Korea Publishes Notification for Updated Safety Standards for Products
The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) has enacted Notification No. 2018-195 dated June 29, 2018 for prescription of safety standards for household goods that are subject to safety standards in accordance with Article 28 of the Electric Appliances and Household Goods Safety Management Act.
SAFEGUARDS | Softlines NO. 004/19
Manufacturers or importers of household goods subject to safety standards must comply to the specifications in accordance with the Enforcement Rules for Electric Appliances and Household Goods Safety Management Act and their respective annexes. According to the KATS Notification No. 2018-195, there are 23 annexes updated, which are subject to the safety standard, including the following:
- Annex 1 – Household Textile Products
- Annex 2 - Carpet
- Annex 3 – Leather Goods
- Annex 10 – Shoes for the elderly
- Annex 16 – Reflective Safety Vest
- Annex 22 – Contact Metal Ornaments
Household goods that fall in to the list are required to comply with the safety standards, but safety certification / safety confirmation / supplier conformity report shall be exempted when products subject to safety certification / safety confirmation / supplier conformity are imported through parallel import (product produced or distributed by an overseas trademark owner for sale purpose).
In addition to the requirements specified in the respective annexes of the safety standards for household goods, labelling shall be in Korean, except for displaying the manufacturer’s name and model name in English if it is difficult to display in Korean.
The enforcement of KATS Notification No. 2018-195 was on July 1, 2018.
 KATS Notification No. 2018-195 
 Electric Appliances and Household Goods Safety Management Act 
SGS Global Softlines has an extensive network of over 40 laboratories worldwide, with a strong team of committed professionals from multi-disciplinary backgrounds. Our internationally accredited state-of-the-art testing laboratories offer a comprehensive range of physical, chemical and functional testing services for components, materials and finished products. We help your company ensure quality, performance and compliance with international, industrial and regulatory standards worldwide. Discover more at www.sgs.com/softlines.
For enquiries, please contact:
US & Canada Softlines Business Head
t: +1 973 461 7919
Stay on top of regulatory changes within your industry: subscribe to SafeGuardS!
Read more articles for the Consumer Goods and Retail industry© SGS Group Management SA - 2019 - All rights reserved - SGS is a registered trademark of SGS Group Management SA. This is a publication of SGS, except for 3rd parties’ contents submitted or licensed for use by SGS. SGS neither endorses nor disapproves said 3rd parties contents. This publication is intended to provide technical information and shall not be considered an exhaustive treatment of any subject treated. It is strictly educational and does not replace any legal requirements or applicable regulations. It is not intended to constitute consulting or professional advice. The information contained herein is provided “as is” and SGS does not warrant that it will be error-free or will meet any particular criteria of performance or quality. Do not quote or refer any information herein without SGS’s prior written consent.