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South Korea, EU to Strengthen Cooperation in Tech Regulations
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South Korea, EU to Strengthen Cooperation in Tech Regulations
  • By Cho Jin-young
  • May 7, 2015, 04:45
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The Renaissance Hotel in Seoul.
The Renaissance Hotel in Seoul.


A forum has been opened in order to strengthen cooperation in technology regulation in electric and electronic sector between South Korea and the European Union (E.U.).

The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) is hosting the “Korea-E.U. Electric and Electronic Technical Experts Dialogic Conference” and “Technology Regulation Cooperation Workshop” at the Renaissance Hotel in Seoul from May 6 to 7.

In the conference held yesterday, May 6, the E.U. asked the Korean government to ease the safety certification system for key electric and electronic items to be exported to Korea.

Accordingly, the government explained the result of the domestic risk assessment on certified safety products and its safety accident incidences.

Also, the technical experts discussed the differences of technology regulations between the two countries in depth, and decided to continue the regulation cooperation at the level of technical experts in a bid to remove trade barriers. 

In the workshop being held today, May 7, both countries are to present the guidelines of low voltage electronic devices related to the C.E. marking certification system for E.U. electric and electronic products, the latest revision trends and cases for the guidelines of eco design, and the current situation of the safety certification system for Korean electric products. 

A KATS official said, “As the E.U. is to strengthen technology regulations in the electric and electronic sector in the future, new trade barriers for Korean export companies are emerging. In order to make quick responses to new regulations of the E.U., we will continue the cooperation in technology regulation with the E.U. in the future.”