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Is country specific certification required or is CE/FCC approval sufficient?
What is the lead time to obtain type approval?
Are there any marking or logo requirements?
Is in country testing required or can we leverage existing FCC or CE test reports?
What are the types of equipment that would require approval in this country?
Do I need an in country local representative or local certificate holder?
Type approval in South Korea synapse
Importing field test samples without a type approval certificate from South Korea MSIP is allowed for limited demonstration and test purposes only. If the manufacturer can offer the documents and proof properly, they can import the product without approval. The documents would mean documenting that the product is being imported for field testing purposes.
Non telecom products do require approval for import into South Korea. Typically this would be safety and EMC testing and approval. As with the type approval certificate issued for Telecom products in Korea a local representative would be required.
South Korea updates
The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) has issued new standard KC62368‑1:2021 on Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment – Part 1: Safety requirements. Safety standards KC60065, K60950-1, and K60950-22 will be available for use along with KC62368-1:2021 until December 31, 2022, after which point the previous standards will be abolished and KC62368-1:2021 will be the only standard accepted.
The Korean Radio Research Agence (RRA) issued recently the new notice 2020-7, which updates some aspects regarding the conformity assessment.
Notable changes: explicit list of products requiring EMC approval instead of „similar devices“
IT equipment embedded in vehicles do not require a separate EMC approval
RF modules in approved host can be exchanged more easily
QR-Code Labeling becomes possible: Instead of standard label or e-label, a QR-code can now be used.
The Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) made available the 6 GHz frequency band for Wireless Access System (WAS) devices to foster the confluence of 5G-class performance services.
As regulations change from time to time in many countries you should contact CSIA for up to date information.
CSIA can also provide supporting services should your company not be able to meet country specific requirements such as a local representative, local certificate holder, translating documents into the native language, etc. Contact CSIA at (503) 489 8006 or email@example.com for all your FCC certification, CE certification, Industry Canada and International Approval needs. We are your Global Market Access starting point!