Korean Industrial Standards
Standards developed by KATS are called Korean Industrial Standards (KS) and are the Korean national standards.
Generally, KS are voluntary, meaning the government does not require compliance with them in order to place a product in the Korean market.
However, KS are frequently referenced in government regulations and technical specifications, and implemented by public agencies in procurement.
For example, Korean government ministries currently reference about 19,000 KS in over 106 types of laws and regulations.
There are three types of KS:
- Product Standard
related to improvement, measurement, or quality of a product
- Procedure Standard
stipulates testing, analysis, inspection, or measurement processes required
- Horizontal Standard
specifies terminology, technical characteristics, unit and numerical progression
As of 2007, there are approximately 22,760 KS in the Korean market. The table below shows the distribution of KS among the 16 sector classifications:
||# of Standards
||General/Radiation, radioactivity management/ Guide/Dependability management/Culture/Social system/Etc.
||General/Machine elements/Tools/Machine tools/Measuring instrument physical apparatus/General machinery/Industrial machinery Agricultural machinery/Thermal apparatus gas apparatus/Metrology measurement/Industrial automation/Etc.
|Electrical & Electronic engineering
||General/Measurement & testing apparatus/Electrical & electronic materials/cable and conduit/Electrical machines/Electrical appliances Electrical electronic communication component/ Lamp-lighting devices/Wiring electrical accessories/ Semiconductor display/Others
||General/Raw Materials/Steels/Cast Steel and Cast Iron/Copper Products/Castings/Wrought Products/Secondary Products/ Methods of processing/Analysis/Etc.
||General/Testing, inspection, measurement/ Materials, elements of civil and building construction/ Construction work/Etc.
||General/Furniture interior item/Stationery, office supplies/Household goods/ Leisure, sports equipment/Musical instruments/Etc.
||General/Processed agricultural foods/Processed marine foods/Etc.
||General/Environmental assessment/Atmosphere/ Water quality/Soil quality/Waste/Noise and vibration/Malodor/Marine environment/ Etc.
||General/Biological process/Bio-chemical, biofuels/ Industrial microorganism/Bioassay, bioinformation/Etc.
||General/Clothing/Yarns, Knitted fabrics, Textile fabrics/Textile, Knitting machine/Industrial textile products/Etc.
||General/Glass/Refractories/Potteries, clay products/Cement/Abrasives/Machine structure ceramics/ Electric, electronic ceramics/Ceramic materials/Etc.
||General/Industrial chemicals/Rubber, leather/Fats and oils, mineral oil/Plastics, photographic material/Dyestuff, explosives/Pigment, paint, ink/Paper, pulps/Reagents/Cosmetics/Etc.
||General /General medical devices/Equipment used in medical practice/Materials for medical devices /Medical supplies, hygienic products/Technical aids for disables, elderly-considered products/Electronic equipment in medical practice/Etc.
||General /Factory management/Sensory analysis/System certification/Conformity assessment/Applied statistical method /Etc.
||General /Testing and Inspect method/Common parts/Bicycle/Engine and parts/Car bodies, safety/Electric & electronic systems, instruments/Repair Tools/Railway /Motorcycle /Etc.
||General/Hull/Engine & parts/Electric equipment/ Navigational instrument/Etc.
||General/Standard parts/Airframe, materials/Aviation screw propeller/Aviation electronic equipment/ Ground support supplies /Etc.
||General /Information technology application/ Character set, coding, automatic identification/ Software, computer graphics /Networking, IT interconnection/IT equipment, data storage media/Electronic documents, electronic commerce