The Electric Appliances Safety Control Act was revised, and “Safety Certification” (which requires manufacturer factory inspection by a certification body) was changed to “Safety Confirmation” (manufacturer’s self-regulatory declaration to a certification body) for seven items, including copiers, in December 2015.
In addition, with reference to 12 items including telephone sets, “Safety Confirmation” was changed to “Supplier Conformity Confirmation” (manufacturer’s self-declaration.) Moreover, the Electric Appliances Safety Control Act and the Quality Management & Safety Control of Industrial Products Act were merged, and the frequency of routine factory inspections on Safety Certification was mitigated from once a year to once every two years from January 2017, and the provisions for the revocation of certification when products are deemed noncompliant were added. Moreover, the regulations will become more stringent, including obliging manufacturers to make declarations to the regulatory agencies for Supplier Conformity Confirmation.
Regarding 15 items that will be added to the IT equipment mandatory registration systems, implementation was delayed several times due to incomplete operational systems in the local laboratories. Seven items including copiers were added in May 2015, two items including mobile phones were added in August, and three items including adapters were added in December. However, a delay in implementation was announced by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) for the fixed LED lights and uninterruptible power supply that were scheduled to be added in December (postponed until March 2016), and secondary batteries (postponed until June 2016), and thus the schedules are significantly delayed. In the meantime, the introduction of the original marks that replace the product registration numbers was launched in December 2015, and the rules of product marks are being put in place.Latest Developments of Standards and Certifications Systems in South Korea and India.