Sanitary safety certification

It is a certification system for the foundation of the supply of safe running water by securing the safety of waterworks materials and products.

Business purpose

The sanitary safety standards certification (henceforth referred to as ‘KC Certification’) assigns legal obligation to certify whether a waterworks (excluding water intake, storage or conveyance facilities) in accordance to Article 14, Clause 1 of the Waterworks Law has any materials or products that are in conformance with Article 24, attached table 1 of 2 of the Enforcement Decrees.

Legal Basis

Waterworks Law, Article 2 (Responsibility)
The state, in order to provide high-quality water to all of its citizens, must set comprehensive plans and make all efforts to provide technical and financial support to waterworks developers.
Waterworks Law Article 14 (Waterworks materials and products certification, etc.) and Article 14-2 (cancellation of certification)
Of the waterworks facility (excluding water intake, storage or conveyance), the manufacturer or importer of the waterworks material or product that is in contact with water must receive a certification from the Minister of Environment ensuring that the material or product satisfies sanitary safety standards set forth by Presidential decree.
Article 14-2 (Cancellation of certification)
① The Minister of the Environment can cancel the certification according to the Decree of the Minister of the Environment if any one of the following situations applies.
1. The receipt of certification through dishonest means.
2. If the supplier did not receive the regular inspection according to Article 14, Clause 6, or did not pass this inspection.
3. If because of the closure of business or etc., the operation of business is impossible.
4. If the waterworks material or product was manufactured or imported in a manner other than required by the certification.
② For those whose certification was canceled according to Clause 1, the following time requirement must be satisfied before the reapplication for the certificate.
1. After the passing of 6 months since the day of certification cancellation if according to Clause 1, Sub-paragraph 1 or 2.
2. After the passing of 1 month since the day of certification cancellation if according to Clause 1, Sub-paragraph 3 or 4.
Waterworks Law Article 78 (Delegation and consignment of rights), Enforcement Decree Article 67 (delegation and consignment of rights)
We base the sanitary safety standards certification task as the legal compulsory certification system on the Waterworks Law Article 56 (The establishment of Korea Water and Wastewater Association)

Situation of progress

06.06.29 08.06.27 09.04.14 09.06.30 '10.07. ~ '11.03. Amended on May 25, 2010
Went into effect on May 26, 2011
The Enforcement Decrees and Regulations of the Waterworks Law The Enforcement Regulations of the Waterworks Law The Notice No. 2009-59 of the Ministry of Environment Implementing the sanitary safety standards The agency service industry of the Korea Water and Wastewater Association The Waterworks Law
Provision of the basis for sanitary safety standard, which sets the limits to the elution of harmful substances from waterworks materials and products The setting up of inspection items of sanitary safety standards for waterworks materials and products according to the nature of the materials In order to confirm the water sanitary safety standards, the enactment of sanitary safety standard process test method for waterworks materials and products Executing the standards for sanitary safety to waterworks materials and products Carrying forward the foundation building enterprise for the certification system of sanitary safety standards Introduction of a legal compulsive certification system for waterworks materials and products.

Penalty and fines related to certification system

The provisions of the Waterworks Law and its related Enforcement Decrees
The Waterworks Law
The Waterworks Law Article 83 (Penalties)
If any of the situations apply, the person will receive a prison sentence of 2 years or less, or a fine of 20,000,000 Won or less.
< Amended May 25, 2010, July 28, 2011, December 30, 2013 and March 24, 2014 >
2 of 1. A person who violated Article 14, Clause 2 by supplying or selling waterworks materials or products without receiving certification.
3 of 1. A person who violated Article 14, Clause 3 by using waterworks materials or products that either did not comply with certification standards or did not receive certification.
4 of 1. A person who violated Article 14, Clause 5 by putting the certification mark on waterworks materials, products, or their packaging without having obtained certification.
Waterworks Law Article 87 (Fines)
① A fine of 10,000,000 Won or less will be imposed on those who violated Article 7-2, Clause 4.
② A fine of 3,000,000 Won or less will be imposed on those whose situation applies to one of the following.
1. According to Article 14, Clause 1, a person who manufactured, imported, supplied or sold waterworks materials or products that were different from those mentioned in the certification.
2. A person who violated Article 14, Clause 4 who did not put the certification mark or put a certification mark that did not match with the contents of the certification.
Enforcement decrees
Article 69 (The standards of the imposition of fines)
① The fine imposition standards according to Statute Law Article 87 from Clause 1 to 3 are according to attached table 5.
「Attached table 5」 of Enforcement Decree
The fine imposition standards (related to Article 69, Clause 1)
1. General standards
The fine imposition standard resulting from the number of violations applies to situations where the person made the same violation and was fined as a result.
In this case, the number of violations will be calculated by setting as the standard the day when the violation first took place and the day when the same violation took place again.
2. Individual standards
Violating behavior Relevant law provisions The amount of fine
First violation Second violation Third violation
Manufacturing, importing, supplying or selling waterworks materials or products that were different from those specified in the certification according to Statute Law Article 14, Clause 1. Statute Law Article 87, Clause 2, Subparagraph 1 200 250 300
Violating Article 14, Clause 4 by not making the certification mark or making a certification mark that is different from the contents of the actual certification. Statute Law Article 87, Clause 2, Subparagraph 2 200 250 300
Unit: ten thousand Won