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KGS Becomes First IECEx Approved Certification Body under Service Facility Scheme in Asia

The Korea Gas Safety Corporation (KGS) is the first certification body in Asia that has been accredited under the IECEx Service Facility Scheme. This allows KGS to certify maintenance and repair companies for explosion-proof equipment under the IEC 60079-19 standard.

The IECEx Service Facility Scheme is an international ex-proof certification system that evaluates the technical capabilities of companies in charge of maintenance and repair of explosion-proof equipment used in hazardous areas. The IEC 60079-19 standard was published in 2006 and standardizes the requirements and necessary competencies for the repair and maintenance of ex-proof equipment. Apart from standardizing and elevating safety standards, the norm makes accreditation much easier and more transparent, because it provides one universally accepted accreditation.



An IECEx Certificate of Conformity shows that a Service Facility obtaining the certification has been independently assessed. A successful certification shows that a company has competent and trained staff, appropriate equipment and implemented procedures that can be relied on for repair, overhaul or modification work in compliance with IECEx requirements, like IEC 60079-19. Furthermore, it shows, that the location of the service facility has been audited and their quality system is in conformity with IECEx requirements.

There are only 16 certification bodies worldwide that are accredited under this scheme.

KGS became an IECEx certified body in 2003 and the addition of this new certification scope makes it possible to provide maintenance company certification services for explosion-proof devices in all industries.

In Korea, KGS CODE GC103, a standard on Inspection and Maintenance of Explosion-Proof Electrical Equipment, was established in 2018, which stipulates in detail the required staff qualifications, inspections and type of methods for safe maintenance of explosion-proof devices. This helped KGS with achieving the IECEx accreditation and will open up more business for explosion-proof manufacturers and service companies.

Do you have questions about the KCs certification for explosion proof components? We can assist with the certification of your explosion proof products in Korea. Please do not hesitate to contact us via chat. You will find the chat window at the bottom right of every page (if this is not visible, please check your browser settings).

We offer certification services for all product areas, including KC certification for consumer products and especially electronics, KC EMC certification for electronic products and KCs certification for machinery and KCs for explosion-proof products. We are at your disposal for any questions about Korea certifications.

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Julian Busch

About the author: Julian Busch is the founder and managing director of MPR International GmbH

Publisher: MPR International GmbH

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