KC Mark FAQ

What is the KC Mark? Is it mandatory?
KC Mark stands for "Korea Certification", and is a legally compulsory certification mark that must appear on products as specified in related laws and ordinances. All textile products selling in Korea shall use the KC mark. Baby's items must be tested by KC requirements in an authorized lab in Korea.

What is classified as baby textile products?
Textile products intended for babies is classified as under 24 months until 2010.12.31, and it will be changed to ? 36 months beginning 2011.1.1.

KC marking on children and adult textile products? Is it mandatory?
It is not necessary to conduct testing for children and adult products to use the KC mark. However, if the product does not meet KC requirements during a Korea Consumer Agency sampling/investigation of products in the market, then the manufacturer/importer is penalized.

Is there standard formatting for the KC marking?
The marking shall be located at a conspicuous place on the product or packaging by printing or engraving in a non-removable way. The color shall be navy or black. The size is 5mm minimum in length, and the marking should be vertically and horizontally proportional. The size can be adjustable by the size of the consumer product. http://kcmark.or.kr

Print fiber and care label and hang tag in the English language? For the care instruction symbol, can we follow the ISO standard?

All fiber and care information should be in the Korean language. English information can be used, but it should be along with Korean. The care instruction symbol should also follow the Korean symbol system (KS K 0021).

Are there other labeling requirements in additional to the KC Mark?
Under the KC Mark System, there are two major regulations; the Self regulatory confirmation system for infants only, and the Safety quality labeling system for children and adults. In additional to the KC mark, there is a regulation regarding what to contain in a garment label, but there is no classification between infants and children.

KC mark if the conformity statement is labeled? Is it necessary? Can it be in English?
Having the KC mark and conformity statement is the best practice. If only the KC mark is present, it is also allowed, but having only the conformity statement present is not allowed, which must be in Korean.

Time needed to receive the KC mark registration?
From KATS for infant products. Upon receipt of registration, it typically takes three working days to get the KC mark registration.

Is it acceptable to perform testing on material instead of the final product?
Final Product Testing is the basic principle. However, fabric and subsidiary tests are acceptable for children and adult textile products and leather products. Fabric and subsidiary tests are not acceptable for baby textile products.

What is the requirement of textile footwear and leather footwear?
Textile footwear should be tested under the Textile requirement, which is further divided into baby/children/adults. Leather footwear is under the Leather requirement.

Types of flame retardants governed under the KC Mark?
If a vendor declares flame retardant is used on product, below are the three flame retardants that are governed under the KC Mark requirement. 1) TDBPP [tri(2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate], 2) Pentabromodiphenyl ethers and 3) Pctabromodiphenyl ethers.

What is the lead requirement for textile products?
The requirement is 90ppm for Total Lead in surface coating, 90ppm for Total Lead in substrate (nonmetal), and 300ppm for Total Lead in substrate (metal only). The component is tested as an individual.

What is the definition of "direct skin contact" for formaldehyde testing?
Direct skin contact means that the product is worn on the skin for a certain period of time. For example - gloves.

Do I need two registration numbers? If I have pants and a t-shirt for under 36 months with the same fabric composition?
If they are with the same fiber composition, same trim and same manufacturing factory, regardless of the color, one registration number is enough. However, if two garments have the same fabric composition for the main body but with different trims, then two registration numbers are required.

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