15 May 2024

New MSA will facilitate market access worldwide for manufacturers of electrical and electronic products

Stockholm, Sweden: Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, has signed a landmark Master Services Agreement (MSA) with Korea Testing & Research Institute (KTR), a top Korean testing and certification provider. This collaboration marks a significant step in streamlining global market access for electrical and electronic product manufacturers worldwide.

Established in 1969, KTR is a leading global testing and research institution in Korea. It has a network of 221 partners in 47 countries, supporting access to the South Korean market for global customers as well as global market access for Korean businesses.

The MSA, the first signed between Intertek and KTR, encompasses all of Intertek’s Certification Body (CB) Scheme test laboratories (CBTL) across the globe. It will allow Intertek’s customers to use CB test reports from any of these facilities as the basis for their mandatory Korea Certification in South Korea, covering a wide range of products including batteries, components, industrial machinery, multimedia equipment and appliances.

In addition, Korean manufacturers of electrical and electronic devices can utilise IECEE (International Electrotechnical Commission System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components) CB test reports from KTR to obtain Intertek’s exclusive and well-established S Mark Certification. The S Mark Certification demonstrates compliance with European electrical safety requirements and regulations via third-party testing, making the certification process both faster and more cost-effective.

The MSA was signed during a ceremony at Intertek’s Kista, Sweden, facility on 23 April by Kim Hyun Cheol, President of KTR, and Olof Ferenius, Managing Director of Intertek Semko AB, one of Intertek’s IECEE CB Scheme National Certification Bodies.

After the ceremony, KTR President Kim Hyun Cheol said: “With this agreement, we have established a local core support system to help South Korean manufacturers acquire one of Europe’s leading certification schemes for electrical and electronic products.”

Sunny Rai, President of Electrical, Connected World and Transportation Technologies, at Intertek, added: “We are delighted to collaborate with KTR to offer our respective customers a smooth and cost-effective journey to market.”

For Media Information Intertek:

Please contact:
Lucy Blanchard
Regional Director, Marketing, Europe

For Technical Information:

Please contact:
Ann-Maud Anderzon
Business Director - Global Market Access

For Media Information KTR:

Please contact:
Kang Joonsu
Head researcher, Global Business Division/Global Strategy Department

About Intertek

Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide.

Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers' operations and supply chains.

Intertek is a purpose-led company to Bring Quality, Safety and Sustainability to Life. We provide 24/7 mission-critical quality assurance solutions to our clients to ensure that they can operate with well-functioning supply chains in each of their operations.

Our Customer Promise is: Intertek Total Quality Assurance expertise, delivered consistently, with precision, pace and passion, enabling our customers to power ahead safely.


About KTR

Established in 1969, KTR is a representative testing and certification organization in Korea. It provides a comprehensive range of testing and certification services for various sectors, including electronic products, software, mobility and carbon neutrality. With its capacity and expertise, it has issued about 470,000 tests per year to 30,000 clients, ensuring quality and reliability.

Along with domestic testing labs, KTR has 7 overseas branches in 4 countries, China, Vietnam, Germany and Mexico. It has global partnerships with 221 international institutions across 47 countries.


About the IECEE CB Scheme

IECEE, the IEC System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, is a multilateral certification system based on IEC International Standards. Its members use the principle of mutual recognition (reciprocal acceptance) of test results to obtain certification or approval at national levels around the world.

The IECEE Schemes address the safety, quality, efficiency and overall performance of components, devices and equipment for homes, offices, workshops, health facilities among others.

About the S Mark

Intertek’s S Mark is a voluntary third-party certification for electrical and electronic products. Products bearing this Mark demonstrate compliance with legal European electrical safety requirements via third-party testing.