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INDUSTRIAL STANDARDIZATION ACT
Act No. 4528, Dec. 8, 1992 Amended by Act No. 4622, Dec. 27, 1993
Amended by Act No. 4891, Jan. 5, 1995 Amended by Act No. 5350, Aug. 22, 1997
Amended by Act No. 5454, Dec. 13, 1997 Amended by Act No. 5777, Feb. 5, 1999
Amended by Act No. 6019, Sep. 7, 1999 Amended by Act No. 6315, Dec. 29, 2000
Amended by Act No. 6575, Dec. 31, 2001 Amended by Act No. 6893, May. 29, 2003
Amended by Act No. 7441, Mar. 31, 2005 Amended by Act No. 7748, Dec. 23, 2005
Amended by Act No. 8486, May. 25, 2007 Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008
Article 1 (Purpose)
The purpose of this Act is to improve the quality, efficiency of production, and industrial technology of mining and industrial products and services involving industrial activities by establishing and disseminating rational and proper industrial standards, and to enhance industrial competitiveness and contribute to the development of the national economy through simplified and fair trade and rationalized consumption.
Article 2 (Definitions)
The Definitions of terms used in this Act shall be as follows:
1. The term "industrial standards" means the criteria for the industrial standardization;
2. The term "industrial standardization" means the unification and simplification of the following matters:
  • 1) Kinds, shapes, dimensions, structures, equipment, quality, grades, components, performance, function, durability, and safety of mining and industrial products;
  • 2) Production, design, drawing, use and operation methods, method for producing the original unit, and safety conditions of mining and industrial products;
  • 3) Kinds, shapes, dimensions, structures, performance and grades of packages, and packing methods of mining and industrial products;
  • 4) Test, analysis, appraisal, inspection, verification, statistical technique and measurement method, and terms, abbreviations, symbols, marks, standard numbers or units related to mining and industrial products or their technologies;
  • 5) Design and construction methods or safety conditions of buildings and other manufactured products;
  • 6) Information systems which manage the procurement, design, production, operation, repair, and destruction of goods relating to business activities and commercial trade through electronic communications media; and
  • 7) Matters concerning the procedures, methods, system, assessment methods, etc. for rendering services involving industrial activities (excluding services involving telecommunication; hereinafter referred to as the "services").
Article 3 (Basic Plan for Industrial Standardization)
(1) The Minister of Knowledge Economy shall establish and announce a basic plan on industrial standardization(hereinafter referred to as the "basic plan") every five years after consultations with the head of the related central administrative agency in order to promote industrial standardization. The same shall apply where he changes the basic plan. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) The basic plan shall include the following matters:
  • 1. Basic directions for industrial standardization policies;
  • 2. Matters on the creation of an environment for promoting industrial standardization;
  • 3. Matters on the development and dissemination of techniques of industrial standardization;
  • 4. Matters on education and training for promoting industrial standardization;
  • 5. Matters on the conformity certification of industrial standards;
  • 6. Matters on promotion of development of collective standards;
  • 7. Matters on cooperation in international standardization;
  • 8. Matters on promoting industrial standards in conformity with international standards;
  • 9. Matters on the research and development of industrial standards;
  • 10. Matters on cooperation in industrial standardization between South and North Korea; and
  • 11. Other matters necessary to promote industrial standardization.

(3) Where the Minister of Knowledge Economy intends to establish a basic plan, he may request the head of the related central administrative agency to submit necessary materials. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 4 (Industrial Standards Council)
(1) The Industrial Standards Council (hereinafter referred to as the "Council") shall be established in the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) The Council shall deliberate upon the following matters and provide the Minister of Knowledge Economy with advice and suggestions as requested: <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
  • 1. Necessary matters concerning establishment, revision and withdrawal of industrial standards referred to in Article 5;
  • 2. Matters necessary to confirm whether industrial standards are appropriate in accordance with Article 10;
  • 3. Matters on designation of mining and industrial products referred to in Article 15;
  • 4. Matters on designation of services referred to in Article 16;
  • 5. Matters on unification and simplification of mining and industrial products or their parts referred to in Article 23; and
  • 6. Other matters relating to industrial standards as prescribed by the Presidential Decree.

(3) The composition of the Council and other necessary matters shall be determined by the Presidential Decree.
Article 5 (Establishment, etc. of Industrial Standards)
(1) The Minister of Knowledge Economy may establish, revise, or withdrawn industrial standards. In this case, he shall prepare and announce a proposal for industrial standard as prescribed by the Presidential Decree and seek opinions from interested persons. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) Where the Minister of Knowledge Economy intends to establish, revise, or withdrawn industrial standards, he shall be subject to deliberation by the Council after consultations with the head of the related administrative agency. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(3) If necessary, the Minister of Knowledge Economy may designate and utilize juristic person or group in charge of the industrial standardization activities as cooperative organization for industrial standards development in order to promote efficient establishment and revision of industrial standards.
(4) Any juristic person or group who intends to be designated as the cooperative organization referred to in paragraph 3 shall meet the requirements, including human resource for industrial standards development, etc. and apply to the Minister of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(5) Other necessary matters concerning designation procedures and operations of cooperative organization for development of industrial standards shall be determined by the Presidential Decree.
Article 6 (Application, Consultation for Establishment, etc. of Industrial Standards)
(1) Any person who is interested in the establishment, revision or withdrawal of the industrial standards may apply the establishment, revision or withdrawal thereof to the Minister of Knowledge Economy under the conditions as prescribed by the Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) Where the head of the related administrative agency intends to determine the criteria or standard on matters under any of subparagraphs of the Article 2 (2) under the provisions of other Acts and subordinate statutes, he shall consult with the Minister of Knowledge Economy with respect to matters deemed necessary for conformity with industrial standards. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 7 (Reference to Council)
Where the Minister of Knowledge Economy holds consultations or receives an application referred to in Article 6, he shall refer it without delay to the Council if he deems it necessary. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 8 (Deliberation, etc)
(1) The Council shall deliberate the bill without delay pursuant to the Article 7, and notify the Minister of Knowledge Economy of the result as prescribed by the Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) The Minister of Knowledge Economy shall, upon receiving the notification referred to in paragraph (1), make a decision on the consultations or application without delay, and notify the head of the related administrative agency or applicant. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 9 (Public Hearing)
(1) If it is deemed necessary to establish, revise, or withdrawn industrial standards, the Minister of Knowledge Economy may hold a public hearing and seek opinions of interested parties. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) Any person who is interested in industrial standards and industrial standardization may request in writing that the Minister of Knowledge Economy hold a public hearing. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(3) Where a request as referred to in paragraph (2) is made, if deemed necessary, the Minister of Knowledge Economy shall hold a public hearing without delay. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 10 (Affirmation of Industrial Standards)
(1) The Minister of Knowledge Economy shall confirm whether the industrial standards are appropriate, every five years after such industrial standards are established or revised. In this case, he shall be subject to deliberation by the Council.
(2) If it is deemed necessary after affirming whether the industrial standards established under the paragraph 1 are proper, the Minister of Knowledge Economy may revise or withdrawn the industrial standards under Article 5. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 11 (Public Notice on Industrial Standards)
When the Minister of Knowledge Economy has established, revised, or withdrawn industrial standards under Article 5 (1), or made an affirmation under Article 10 (1), he shall make public notification without delay as prescribed by the Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 12 (Korean Industrial Standards)
(1) The industrial standards established under Article 11 shall be referred to as the Korean Industrial Standards (KS).
(2) No industrial standards other than those referred to in paragraph (1) may use the title as the Korean Industrial Standards.
SECTION 1 Designation etc. of Certification Agencies
Article 13 (Designation etc. of Certification Agencies)
(1) The Minister of Knowledge Economy may designate agencies(hereinafter referred to as "Certification Agencies") to accredit that mining and industrial products(including processing techniques; hereinafter the same shall apply) or services conform to the Korean Industrial Standards to promote efficient industrial standardization. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) Any person who intends to be designated as a certification agency pursuant to paragraph (1) shall apply to the Minister of Knowledge Economy after preparing organization and office necessary for certification activities and certification assessors referred to in Article 18. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(3) The Minister of Knowledge Economy shall, in designating a certification agency pursuant to paragraph (1), specify the scope of certification activities to be carried out by the certification agency. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(4) The designation criteria and procedure for certification agencies or other necessary matters shall be determined by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 14 (Cancellation etc. of Designation of Certification Agencies)
(1) Where certification agency falls under any of the following subparagraphs, the Minister of Knowledge Economy may cancel the designation or order him to suspend business operations for a fixed period within six months: Provided, That where it falls under subparagraph 1, he shall cancel the designation: <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
  • 1. Where he has been designated by fraudulence or other illegal means;
  • 2. Where he fails to conduct certification activities for not less than one year consecutively without any justifiable cause;
  • 3. Where he fails to conform to the designation criteria referred to in Article 13 (4); and
  • 4. Where it is deemed that poor quality of products or services receiving certification as prescribed by Article 15 (1) or Article 16 (1) results from the intention or gross negligence of the certification agency as a result of an investigation referred to in Article 20.

(2) The necessary matters on the standards etc. for cancellation of designation and suspension of business operations referred to in paragraph (1) shall be determined by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
SECTION 2 Certification of Products, etc.
Article 15 (Certification of Products)
(1) Any person who manufactures mining and industrial products which are deemed necessary and designated by the Minister of Knowledge Economy through a deliberation of the Council may obtain certification by each factory or business place from a certification agency under the conditions as prescribed by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) Any person who obtains certification of products as referred to in paragraph (1) may put a mark(hereinafter referred to as "Product Certification Mark") indicating that the products conform to the Korean Industrial Standards on products, packages, containers, statement of delivery or warranty, or advertise the fact, under the conditions as prescribed by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(3) No person obtaining certification as referred to in paragraph (1) shall put a Product Certification Mark, or any similar marks, on products, packages, containers, statement of delivery, warranty or promotional materials.
(4) No person shall knowingly sell or import products with Product Certification Mark, or any similar marks, or display, keep, or transport them for sale in contravention of the provisions of paragraph (3).
Article 16 (Certification of Services)
(1) Any person who provides service which are deemed necessary and designated by the Minister of Knowledge Economy through a deliberation of the Council may obtain certification by each business place from a certification agency under the conditions as prescribed by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) Any person who obtains certification of services as referred to in paragraph (1) may put a mark (hereinafter referred to as "Service Certification Mark") indicating that the services conform to the Korean Industrial Standards on the contract, statement of delivery or warranty, or advertise the fact, under the conditions as prescribed by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(3) No person obtaining certification as referred to in paragraph (1) shall put a Service Certification Mark, or any similar marks, on the contract, statement of delivery, warranty or promotional materials.
SECTION 3 Certification Assessment
Article 17 (Certification Assessment)
(1) A certification agency shall assess (hereinafter referred to as "certification assessment") whether products or services meet the Korean Industrial Standards and certification assessment criteria as determined by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (hereinafter referred to as "certification assessment criteria") in accrediting pursuant to Articles 15 (1) or 16 (1). <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) The certification assessment criteria shall include manufacturing equipment, inspection equipment, inspection methods, quality management methods or other technical production conditions necessary to guarantee quality.
(3) A person who manufactures designated products shall submit a minimum samples necessary for certification assessment to certification agency pursuant to paragraph (1).
(4) A certification agency shall notify the product manufacturer or service provider when conducting certification via an assessment referred to in paragraph (1).
(5) The necessary matters concerning the methods, procedures, etc. for certification assessment shall be determined by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 18 (Certification Assessor)
(1) The Minister of Knowledge Economy may approve the qualification of assessor ("hereinafter referred to as "certification assessor") who conducts certification assessment pursuant to the Article 17 and regular assessment pursuant to the Article 19 under the conditions as prescribed by the Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) Any person who intends to be approved the qualification of assessor pursuant to paragraph (1) shall have the education from the Minister of Knowledge Economy under the conditions as prescribed by the Ordinance of Ministry of Knowledge Economy and apply for certification assessor thereof to the Minister of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(3) Where certification assessor falls under any of the following subparagraphs, the Minister of Knowledge Economy may cancel the approval of qualification or order him to suspend the qualification for a fixed period within six months: Provided, That where it falls under subparagraph 1, he shall cancel the qualification: <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
  • 1. Where he has been approved the qualification of certification assessor by fraudulence or other illegal means;
  • 2. Where he conducts certification assessment activities with illegal means;
  • 3. Where it is deemed that poor quality of products or services certified under the conditions as prescribed by Article 15 (1) or Article 16 (1) results from the intention or gross negligence of the certification assessor.
  • 4. Where he fails to conform to the qualification criteria referred to in paragraph (1); and
  • 5. Where he grants the use of his name or certificate of certification assessor to others relating to the certification assessment activities.

(4) The necessary matters on the criteria etc. for cancellation, suspension, approval procedures for qualification of certification assessor shall be determined by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
SECTION 4 Surveillance
Article 19 (Regular Assessment)
(1) Persons obtaining certification as referred to in Article 15 (1) or 16 (1) (hereinafter referred to as "persons obtaining certification") shall be subject to regular assessments by a certification agency of their products or services.
(2) The provisions of Article 17 (2) and (3) shall apply mutatis mutandis to regular assessments.
(3) Any person who conducts regular assessments shall produce a certificate indicating his capacity to the persons concerned.
(4) The necessary matters on the period, methods, and procedures for regular assessments shall be determined by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(5) Where it is deemed that the products certified under the conditions of the Article 15 (1) (hereinafter referred to as "certified products") or services certified under the Article 16 (1) (hereinafter referred to as "certified services") is marked fail to conform to the Korean Industrial Standards after conducting regular assessments, the certification agency shall report such fact to the Minister of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 20 (Investigation, etc. into Goods on Market)
(1) Where a consumer organization makes a request or a damage has been caused to numerous consumers or an irreparable damage is very likely to be caused to them due to poor quality in certified products and services, the Minister of Knowledge Economy may conduct a quality test of certified products on sale (hereinafter referred to as "investigation into goods on the market"), investigate products, services, etc. in the factory or business place of a person obtaining certification (hereinafter referred to as "on-site investigation") or order the competent public official to conduct on-site investigation on such terms and conditions as prescribed by the Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) Where the Minister of Knowledge Economy deems that the certified products or services fail to conform to the Korean Industrial Standards or certification assessment criteria after conducting an investigation into goods on the market or on-site investigation referred to in paragraph (1), he shall notify the certification agency concerned of such fact. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(3) In case where making an on-site investigation referred to in paragraph (1), the Minister of Knowledge Economy shall, not later than seven days before the investigation, notify the person subject to investigation of the investigation schedule regarding the time and date, reason, contents, etc.: Provided, That the same shall not apply in case of urgency or where it is deemed the aim of investigation may not be achieved due to destruction of evidence, etc. when notified in advance. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(4) The public official making an on-site investigation referred to in paragraph (1) shall have a certificate with him indicating his authority and produce it to show to the relevant person, and, when he gets access, deliver a document wherein the name, time of access, aim of access, etc. are indicated to the relevant person.
Article 21 (Order for Removal, etc. of Marks)
(1) Where the Minister of Knowledge Economy deems that the certified products or services fail to conform to the Korean Industrial Standards or certification assessment criteria after receiving a report referred to in Article 19 (5) or conducting an investigation, etc. into goods on the market or on-site investigation referred to in Article 20, he may order a person obtaining certification to remove or suspend the marks or suspend the sale or to take other necessary measures. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) The necessary matters on the criteria etc. for removal and suspension of certification mark and suspension of sale referred to in paragraph (1) shall be determined by Presidential Decree.
Article 22 (Cancellation of Certification)
Where a person obtaining certification falls under any of the following subparagraphs, the certification agency may cancel its certification: Provided, That where he falls under subparagraph 1, it shall cancel the certification:
  • 1. Where he obtains certification by fraudulence or other illegal means;
  • 2. Where he fails to undergo a regular assessment referred to in Article 19 (1);
  • 3. Where a regular assessment under Article 19 or an investigation into goods on the market and on-site investigation under Article 20 reveals that the certified products and services do not conform to the Korean Industrial Standards;
  • 4. Where he rejects, interrupts or evades to undergo an on-site investigation referred to in Article 20;
  • 5. Where he fails to obey an order under Article 20 without any justifiable reason; and
  • 6. Where it is deemed that he may not be able to conduct business activities results from the closing, etc of business.
Article 23 (Unification and Simplification of Mining and Industrial Products and Parts)
(1) If it is deemed necessary for promoting the industrial standardization, the Minister of Knowledge Economy may issue any necessary order, such as unification and simplification of mining and industrial products or parts and materials to the manufacturers (including those who are engaged in the processing and assembly industries) of the said major mining and industrial products or parts and materials thereof, in conformity with the Korean Industrial Standards, under the conditions as prescribed by the Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) If the Minister of Knowledge Economy desires to issue the order referred to in paragraph (1), he shall do it through a deliberation of the Council. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 24 (Observance of Korean Industrial Standards)
For the procurement of goods and services, production management, facility construction, etc. of the State, local governments, public institutions, and public organizations, the Korean Industrial Standards prescribed by this Act shall be observed.
Article 25 (Preferential Purchase of Certified Products, etc.)
Where the State, local governments, public institutions, and public organizations intend to purchase goods or procure services, they shall preferentially purchase the certified products and services or collective standards certification-marked goods referred to in Article 27 (2), which meet the standards as determined by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 26 (Exemption from Inspection or Type-Approval, etc.)
The Minister of Knowledge Economy or head of any related administrative agency may exempt the certified products from the following inspection, verification, test, certification, report or type approval, in whole or in part, under related Acts and subordinate statutes: <Amended by Act No. 8486, Jul. 27, 2007; Act No. 8770, Dec. 21, 2007; Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
  • 1. Safety certification referred to in Article 14 or report of self-regulatory safety confirmation referred to in Article 19 of the Quality Management and Safety Control of Industrial Products Act;
  • 2. Safety certification referred to in Article 3 of the Electric Appliances Safety Control Act, safety inspection referred to in Article 5 of the Act, report, etc. of self-regulatory safety confirmation referred to in Article 11 of the same Act, and safety inspection referred to in Article 12 of the same Act;
  • 3. Safety certification for protective outfit from among those apparatuses and appliances designated as mandatory safety certification referred to in Article 34 (2) of the same Act, report of self-regulatory safety confirmation for protective outfit from among those apparatuses and appliances designated as voluntary safety-regulatory safety confirmation referred to in Article 35 (1) of the same Act;
  • 4. Type verification or type registration referred to in Article 46 of the Radio Waves Act and electromagnetic compatibility referred to in Article 57 of the same Act;
  • 5. Type approval referred to in Article 33 of the Framework Act on Telecommunications;
  • 6. Inspection of containers, etc. referred to in Article 17 of the High Pressure Gas Safety Control Act;
  • 7. Type approval of fire-fighting apparatuses and appliances referred to in Article 36 of the Installation, Maintenance, and Safety Control of Fire-Fighting System Act;
  • 8. Type approval on measuring instruments referred to in Article 9 of the Testing and Inspection of Environment Area Act;
  • 9. Approval on construction machinery type referred to in Article 18 of the Construction Machinery Management Act;
  • 10. Safety certification of elevator safety parts referred to in Article 4 of the Manufacture and Management of Elevators Act;
  • 11. Type approval for measuring instruments referred to in Article 12 of the Measures Act;
  • 12. Inspection referred to in Article 20 of the Safety Control and Business of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Act
  • 13. Quality certification of railroad components referred to in Article 27 of the Railroad Safety Act;
  • 14. Permission and report on manufacturing of medical devices referred to in Article 6 (2) of the Medical Devices Act;
  • 15. Quality certification of urban railroad components referred to in Article 22 (4) of the Urban Railroad Act.
Article 27 (Establishment, etc. of Collective Standards)
(1) Any organization as determined by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy from among those related to industrial standardization may establish standards on symbols, terms, performance, procedures, methods, and technologies applied for specific professional areas (hereinafter referred to as "collective standards") in order to secure public safety, protect consumers or enhance convenience of group members. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) A collective standards-established organization may perform certification activities by utilizing collective standards as prescribed by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(3) The necessary matters on the establishment, registration, operation and dissemination of collective standards shall be determined by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 28 (Industrial Standardization Education)
(1) The Minister of Knowledge Economy may have those who intend to obtain certification and those who have obtained certification pursuant to Article 15 (1) and 16 (1) receive education on industrial standardization and quality management. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) The necessary matters on the contents, time and date, period and educational institute, etc. regarding industrial standardization and quality management education referred to in paragraph (1) shall be determined by the Presidential Decree.
Article 29 (Promotion of Cooperation in International Standardization)
(1) The Government shall devise a policy to promote cooperation in standardization with the International Organization for Standardization or other foreign standardizing organizations (hereinafter referred to as "cooperation in international
(2) In order to promote cooperation in international standardization, the Minister of Knowledge Economy shall conduct the following activities: <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
  • 1. Promotion of investigation, research, dissemination and practical application of international standards;
  • 2. Investigation and research for cooperation in international standardization;
  • 3. Collection, analysis and dissemination of information on cooperation in exchange of manpower and standardization; and
  • 4. Other activities to promote cooperation in international standardization as deemed necessary by the Minister of Knowledge Economy.
Article 30 (Promotion of Industrial Information System Standardization, etc.)
The Government shall devise a policy to promote the following matters in order to promote industrial informatization and efficiently manage the industrial information system:
  • 1. Standardization of information systems on the procurement, design, production, operation, repair, and destruction, etc. of goods relating to business activities; and
  • 2. Standardization of commercial trade through electronic communications media.
Article 31 (Subsidy)
The Minister of Knowledge Economy may grant subsidies to those who conduct the following activities within the limit of the budget in order to promote industrial standardization: <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
  • 1. Promotional activities for international standardization cooperation listed in any subparagraph of Article 29 (2);
  • 2. Standardization activities listed in any subparagraph of Article 30;
  • 3. Promotional activities for standardization from private sector; and
  • 4. Other industrial standardization activities as determined by
Article 32 (Korean Standards Association)
(1) Those who have obtained certification may establish the Korean Standards Association (hereinafter referred to as the "Association") with the authorization of the Minister of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) The Association shall be a juristic person.
(3) Those who fall under any of the following subparagraphs may be members of the Association:
  • 1. A person who has obtained certification;
  • 2. Any Organization where established collective standards referred to in Article 27 (1);
  • 3. Any Organization or institution related to industrial standardization and quality management; and
  • 4. A person as determined by the articles of incorporation of the Association from among those who have knowledge and technology related to industrial standardization and quality

(4) The articles of incorporation of the Association shall include the following matters:
  • 1. Objective;
  • 2. Title;
  • 3. Location of the principal office and branch offices;
  • 4. Matters concerning the officers and employees;
  • 5. Matters concerning the business and the execution there of;
  • 6. Matters concerning membership and the rights and duties of the members;
  • 7. Matters concerning the raising and operation of the funds;
  • 8. Matters concerning the assets and accounting;
  • 9. Matters concerning the general meeting and the board of directors;
  • 10. Matters concerning public announcement; and
  • 11. Matters concerning the alteration of the articles of incorporation.

(5) Except as provided by this Act, the provisions of the Civil Act concerning incorporated associations shall apply mutatis mutandis to the Association.
Article 33 (Approval and Report)
(1) The Association shall prepare the following documents and obtain the approval of the Minister of Knowledge Economy therefor: <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
  • 1. Business plan; and
  • 2. Revenue and expenditure budget.

(2) The Association shall report to the Minister of Knowledge Economy on the following matters: <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
  • 1. Closing accounts of revenue and expenditure;
  • 2. Performance records of business; and
  • 3. Matters concerning the implementation of the business matters entrusted by the Minister of Knowledge Economy.
Article 34 (Functions of Association)
The Association shall conduct the following activities: <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
  • 1. Promotion of the publication, dissemination of Korean Industrial Standards and relevant materials, and implementation of the Korean Industrial Standards;
  • 2. Collection and dissemination of foreign and international standards and other standards;
  • 3. Investigation, research, development, support, diagnosis, guidance, and education on industrial standardization and quality management;
  • 4. Certification and assessment for promoting industrial standardization and quality management;
  • 5. Support for collective standardization activities;
  • 6. Support for international standardization activities; and
  • 7. Other services entrusted or articles of incorporation determined by the Minister of Knowledge Economy.
Article 35 (Succession)
(1) Where a certification agency or a person who has obtained certification transfers his business or dies, or where there is a merger between juristic persons, the transferee, successor, or any juristic person which continues to exist after a merger or which is incorporated by a merger shall succeed to the status of a certification agency or a person obtaining certification, as the case may be.
(2) Any person who succeeds to the status of a certification agency pursuant to paragraph (1) shall report to the Minister of Knowledge Economy, and any person who succeeds to the status of a person obtaining certification shall report to the certification agency concerned. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(3) The necessary matters on the report referred to in paragraph (2) shall be determined by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 36 (Hearing, etc.)
(1) Where the Minister of Knowledge Economy intends to cancel the designation of a certification agency or qualification of certification assessor pursuant to Article 14 and Article 18 (3), he shall hold a hearing. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) Where a certification agency intends to cancel the certification of a person obtaining certification pursuant to Article 22, it shall give the person obtaining certification an opportunity to present his opinions.
(3) The provisions of Articles 22 (4) through (6) and 27 of the Administrative Procedures Act shall apply mutatis mutandis to the presentation of opinions listed in paragraph (2). In this case, the term "administrative agency" shall be deemed "certification agency".
Article 37 (Fee, etc.)
(1) Any person who intends to be designated as a certification agency pursuant to Article 13 shall pay fees as determined by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy to the Minister of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 38 (Report and Audit, etc.)
(1) The Minister of Knowledge Economy may have a certification agency report on its services as necessary for the implementation of this Act. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(2) Where it is deemed necessary to audit a certification agency as a result of receiving a report referred to in paragraph (1) or conducting an investigation etc. into goods on the market or on-site investigation referred to in Article 20, the Minister of Knowledge Economy may conduct an audit of the certification agency. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(3) A certification agency may have persons obtaining certification submit data on the services on such terms and conditions as the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy may determine. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(4) Certification agencies and persons obtaining certification shall prepare and preserve related documents on such terms and conditions as the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy may determine. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 39 (Petition for Objection)
(1) Any person who deems that the certified products and services do not conform to the Korean Industrial Standards, may make an objection against the certification agency concerned.
(2) Where a certification agency receives an objection referred to in paragraph (1), it shall investigate the facts, take necessary measures, and notify the objector of the results.
(3) Matters necessary for objection procedures and needed measures referred to in paragraph (1) and (2) shall be determined by the Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 40 (Delegation or Entrustment of Authority)
The Minister of Knowledge Economy may delegate part of his authority granted under this Act to the Administrator of affiliated organization under the auspices of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Special Metropolitan City Mayor, Metropolitan City Mayor, Do Governor, Special Self-Governing Province Governor or delegate or entrust it to the head of any other administrative agency or to the head of any other organization as prescribed by the Presidential Decree on such terms and conditions as the Presidential Decree may determine. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 41 (Legal Fiction as Public Official in Application of Penal Provisions)
Officers and employees of an organization who are engaged in the services entrusted under Article 40 by the Minister of Knowledge Economy, shall be considered as public officials in the application of Articles 129 through 132 of the Criminal Act. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 42 (Penal Provisions)
Any person who falls under any of the following subparagraphs shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two years, or a fine not exceeding ten million won:
  • 1. A person who uses a mark or similar mark in contravention of the provisions of Articles 15 (3) and 16 (3);
  • 2. A person who sells, imports, displays, keeps, or transports goods in contravention of the provisions of Articles 15 (4);
  • 3. A person who violates an order issued under Article 21 (1);
Article 43 (Joint Penal Provisions)
If a representative of a juristic person, or an agent, servant or other employee of a juristic person or individual commits an offense as prescribed in Article 42 in connection with affairs of the juristic person or individual, the fine penalty as prescribed in the same Article shall also be imposed on such juristic person or individual, in addition to the punishment of the offender.
Article 44 (Fine for Negligence)
(1) Any person who falls under any of the following subparagraphs shall be punished by a fine for negligence not exceeding three million won:
  • 1. A person who violates an order issued under Article 23 (1);
  • 2. A person who fails to make a report in violation of Article 35 (2);
  • 3. A person who fails to make a report or who makes a false report in violation of Article 38 (1)
  • 4. A person who fails to prepare and keep documents in violation of Article 38 (4)

(2) A fine for negligence under paragraph (1) shall be imposed and collected by the Minister of Knowledge Economy on such terms and conditions as the Presidential Decree may determine. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(3) Any person who is dissatisfied with the disposition of a fine for negligence under paragraph (2) may raise an objection to the Minister of Knowledge Economy within thirty days after he is informed of the disposition. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(4) If a person who is subject to the disposition of a fine for negligence under paragraph (2), has raised an objection under paragraph (3), the Minister of Knowledge Economy shall without delay notify the competent court, which shall, upon receiving the notification, bring the case of fine for negligence to a trial under the Non-Contentious Case Litigation Procedure Act. <Amended by Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
(5) If no objection is made and no fine for negligence is paid in the period referred to in paragraph (3), it shall be collected according to the example of a disposition of national taxes in arrears.

In case of differences of interpretation, the Korean text shall prevail.