CSA Group, a leading global provider of standards development, testing and certification services, and KTC, a national certification body in Korea, announced a new alliance that will enable both organizations to expand one-stop testing and certification services for electronics and electrical components, equipment and products, providing their customers access to global markets. Mr. Ash Sahi, President and CEO of CSA Group and Mr. Kaphong Choi, President of KTC, officially marked the occasion by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today.
“Our new alliance with KTC will benefit both of our clients by providing a simpler, more efficient process,” said Ash Sahi, President & CEO, CSA Group. “Together we can offer local testing and certification services to access North American and South Korean markets, opening up new opportunities for both our clients.”
Through the proposed alliance, KTC will test a wide range of electrical and electronic products in its state-of-the-art facilities, to the applicable U.S and Canadian standards, offering clients access to North American markets. Eligible Korean manufacturers wishing to export to North American markets would be able gain the globally recognized CSA certification based on testing carried out locally at a qualified KTC laboratory. In turn, qualified CSA Group laboratories would provide global customers testing and certification to Korean standards and access to the KC marks. This will benefit existing and future CSA Group and KTC customers by reducing travel time and costs associated with testing samples, and will provide a more streamlined process for testing and certification for both markets.
“KTC was established in 1970 as a National Official Professional Testing Research Institute,” said Kaphong Choi, President, KTC. “Since that time we have looked for ways to provide our clients with even better service. This new alliance with CSA Group will reduce duplicate testing and provide our clients easier access to key markets.”
The IECEE CB Scheme an international system for mutual acceptance of test reports and certificates dealing with the safety of electrical and electronic components, equipment and products. Its objective is to encourage trade by promoting harmonization of the national standards with international standards. By forming this alliance, CSA Group and KTC are providing an easier process for manufacturers and helping to facilitate international trade.
About Korea Testing and Certification
Korea Testing Certification (KTC) has been dedicated to enhancing the safety and quality of electric and electronic products since its inception in 1970 as a National Official Professional Testing Research Institute. Using modern technology and cutting-edge facilities, KTC offers testing and certification as a Certification Body Testing Laboratory (CBTL) and National Certification Body (NCB) from IECEE in the field of LlTE, HOUS, TRON, OFF, CABL, CONT, HSTS, MEAS, MED, POW, PROT, TOOL and EMC. For more information about KTC visit www.ktc.re.kr.
About CSA Group
CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit member-based association dedicated to advancing safety, sustainability and social good. We are an internationally-accredited standards development and testing & certification organization. We also provide consumer product evaluation and education & training services. Our broad range of knowledge and expertise includes: industrial equipment, plumbing & construction, electro-medical & healthcare, appliances & gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability. The CSA mark appears on billions of products around the world.
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