Korean Standards Association

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Formation March 13, 1962; 53 years ago (1962-03-13)
Type Professional association
Purpose To carry out industrial standardization, to disseminate and accelerate quality management, to promote science and technology, and to improve productivity, thereby contributing to national economy of Korea
Headquarters Gangnam, Seoul
Region served
Services Standardization, Certification, Quality Promotions, Training, Membership
4800 (approximately) (2013)
Subsidiaries KSA Media
Website www.ksa.or.kr/eng

KSA, formerly known as Korean Standards Association,[1] is a public organization under South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). KSA was established in 1962 pursuant to Article 32 of the Industrial Standardization Act.



: Grew into a representative organization in standards and quality management

  • Designated as an organization for fostering quality control engineers (Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Energy)
  • Presented the First National Quality Award
  • Standardization competency assessment body established by the Industry


: Developed into a national KS certification body and ISO training center

  • Designated as Korea’s first Quality Management System Training Center
  • Designated as Korea’s first Environmental Mgt. System Training Center
  • Designated as the KS Certification Body

Since 2000[edit]

: Evolved into national comprehensive knowledge service provider

  • 2000   Designated as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification body (Korea Accreditation Board)
  • 2002   Designated as headquarters for implementing quality management (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy)
  • 2004   Established KSA Media (a subsidiary)
               Designated as the secretariat for supporting association standards (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy)
  • 2005   Designated as Social Responsibility Standardization Forum Bureau (KATS)
                ISO/TS 16949 certification body (IATF)
  • 2006   Started the Korea LOHAS certification body
               Designated as New JIS certification body (JMETI)
  • 2007   Asia’s 1st training partner for sustainability report (designated by GRI)
               Designated as the verification body for greenhouse gas reduction performance (Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy)
  • 2008   Commenced KS certification for services
               Designated as ISO/TC 176 domestic secretariat (KATS)
               Designated as operational entity under the Clean Development Mechanism(by UNFCCC)
  • 2009   ISO 26000 domestic secretariat (designated by KATS)
               Korea’s 1st Voluntary Carbon Standard(VCS) verification body (designated by VCS Association)
               Green Training Institute (designated by Presidential Committee on Green Growth)
  • 2010   Joined UN Global Compact
               Acquired Best HRD certification
               Obtained verification body license for sustainability report (Accountability)
               Established the council of COSDs(Co-operation Organization for Standards Development)
  • 2011   Designated as a verification body for greenhouse gas management by objective
               Training partner for TRIZ certifications (designated by MATRIZ)
  • 2012   The 50th anniversary of establishment
               Started CEOs’ forum for fine products and services
  • 2013   Published standards policy reports: 「KSA Policy Study」
               Opened KS certification support center
               Opened global standardization support center



  • Korean Standards (KS)
- Korean Industrial Standards (KS) : 21 sectors, 28,800 documents
- Disseminated since 1962
  • Sectors : Basic Standards(A). Mechanical Engineering(B), Electrical & electronic engineering(C), Metals(D), Mine(E), Construction(F), Necessities(G), Foodstuffs(H), Environment(I), Organism(J), Fiber(K), Ceramics(L), Chemistry(M), Medical(P), Quality management(Q), Transportation machine(R), Services(S), Logistics(T), Shipbuilding(V), Aerospace(W), Information(X)
  • Overseas Standards
- Overseas Standards : Designated the official disseminating organization of ISO standards in 1978, by the government of South Korea
- Disseminates a variety of overseas standards through partnership

Standardization Activities[edit]

  • Elementary Student Education on Standardization
- Conducts early education for elementary school students to raise their awareness of standardization as standards affect not only national competitiveness but a broad range of daily life
- Distributed 7,000 volumes of standards textbooks to 9 schools and 566 public libraries nationwide
  • College Student Learning on Standardization
- The purpose is to strengthen the basis for industrial competitiveness through training of human resources for standards by providing basic standards knowledge for college students as future industrial workforce
- Runs regular programs for a semester at four-year colleges and universities nationwide
- About 38,850 students have attended instructions since 2004
  • Experts Learning on Standardization & Inbound Visits
- Performs training of employees on standardization to lay the basis for spreading standards to firms and research institutes through standards training of working-level human resources
- Consists of knowledge necessary for standard management activity, including standardization and writing on standards as business strategy
- Holds step by step workshops for international standardization to foster international standards experts for active engagement in ISO·IEC, etc.



KS Certification(KS Mark) : Korea's representative voluntary certification[edit]

Launched in 1962, the KS certification[2] system has been operated for as long as the history of Korea’s industrialization. Just as Korea’s industrial structure develops into a highly sophisticated, knowledge-intensive industry in the 21st century, KS certification is also preparing for the future. As KSA accelerates KS certification’s dissemination worldwide, standards and audit criteria are increasingly aligned with international standards. Such transformation of KS certification will further promote citizens’ benefits and lead the continuous development of Korea’s industries.

International Certification[edit]

KSA offers international certification services that create customer values based on reliability, fairness, and expertise, and has worked on about 3,000 cases in total. In addition, KSA runs examiners ethics twice a year to strengthen the fairness of the international certification.

  • International Certification at KSA
Certifrcation Accreditation
Date of
ISO 9001 (Quality Management System)
MAR. 2000
ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System)
SEP. 2000
K-OHSMS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System)
MAY. 2002
ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management System)
JUN. 2006
TL 9000 (Information and Communication Management System)
MAY. 2001
ISO/IEC 27001 (Information Security Management System)
NOV. 2011
ISO 50001 (Energy Management System)
DEC. 2013
GMS (Green Management System)
NOV. 2011
ISO/TS 16949 (Automotive Quality System)
DEC. 2005
JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards)
DEC. 2006

Quality Promotions[edit]

Korea National Quality Award

Korea National Quality Management Convention[edit]

  • Held 1st quality management competition in 1975
  • Korea's largest scale event for quality management
  • About 450 awardees and 1,500 guests
  • Provides government supports and presidential awards
  • Award commendations to excellent quality enterprises, organizations, and individuals for quality improvement, cost reduction, and productivity improvement

National Quality Circles Competition[edit]

  • Selects excellent quality circles who contributed to establishing quality management in businesses and strengthening competitiveness in quality through quality circle activities for proposing improvement
  • Budget: 50,000 quality circles, 560,000 circle members participated
  • Main competition: 250 quality circles and 3,000 circle members participated
  • Selects and awards excellent circles through final competition for presentation in the main competition
  • Government-sponsored event (grants presidential awards)

World Standards Day[edit]

  • Commenced in 2000 with a goal to actively implement standardization - a key element for industrial technical infrastructure – and to reinforce national competitiveness through technological innovation and productivity improvement
  • Selects and awards to enterprises and organizations and contributors befitting the purpose of the event
  • Facilitates standardization in private sector and promotes advancement of national standards through dissemination of excellent examples of standardization activity

KS-SQI (Korean Standards Service Quality Index)[edit]

  • Korea's single index for assessment of service quality
  • Assesses 70 business types and 291 firms and organizations before announcing the results
  • Service users evaluate satisfaction of service quality
  • Comprehensive index for measuring quality levels of Korea's overall service industry
  • Annually assesses and announces indices for 7 business types in four Asian countries – China(Beijing), Japan(Tokyo), Hong Kong, and Singapore

Korea Service Grand Prix[edit]

  • Selects and awards enterprises, organizations, institutions, and individuals that built customer-centered service quality management system and achieved excellent performance in service quality innovation of overall management
  • Selects the final winner through document screening, on-site review, number of consumer complaints, and assessment of social reputation

Korea Youth Olympiad[edit]

  • About 300 teams, 850 students participated in the national preliminary
  • Evaluates creative and scientific thinking through standards-related assignments

Standards in Life[edit]

  • Operates a website where the general public can propose ideas for standards in daily life to identify standards tasks [3]
  • The proposed ideas become policy proposals for standardization after review by the expert group
  • Promotes awareness of finally selected standards in daily life through campaigns
  • Makes the general public understand importance of standardization and standards


Regular Programs[edit]

  • Offline
KSA Training Center
- Operates 50 in-house lecture halls nationwide
- Operates holistic programs through instruction, practice, and group activities
- CEO Breakfast Meeting
  • Online & Mobile Learning
- Developed e-Learning and mobile learning, following book learning, in line with changes in the media environment
- Operates a total of more than 2,000 types of content, online content and mobile content

Inbound Visits[edit]

  • Domestic Plant Visits
- Operates programs for domestic plant visits to well-known manufacturers rich in experience of receiving quality awards through KSA networks
- Visits to leading enterprises by theme, such as excellent enterprises for six-sigma or production innovation
- Visits to excellent enterprises for services (Shinsegae Department Store, Lotte World etc.)


  • Global Innovation Conference
- Awards excellent enterprises for undertaking social responsibility based on ISO 26000 and excellent sustainability report
- KSI (Korean Sustainability Index): Measures social responsibilities of domestic enterprises based on stakeholders' assessment and KSA awards excellent enterprises
- KRCA (Korean Readers’ Choice Awards): Awards excellent sustainability report based on stakeholders' assessment jointly with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  • Korean Sustainability Conference
- International conference where participants discuss current quality management activities at home and abroad, visions and future strategies for quality
- Introduces quality models
- Presents exemplary cases of excellent enterprises
  • Quality Concert
- International conference where participants discuss current quality management activities at home and abroad, visions and future strategies for quality
- Introduces quality models
- Presents exemplary cases of excellent enterprises
- Discusses quality in a new media environment
- Shares directions for performing quality activities in each country


Current KSA members include various companies in overall industry sectors, including manufacturing, construction and finance, not to mention government institution. The members are provided with various services, including abundant information on industrial standardization and quality management, as well as quality education programs.

See also[edit]

Official homepages[edit]