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History

2010 ~ NOW
  • 2015
    - Recognized as FSSC accreditation body by FFSC
    - Launched program for Non-destructive testing of welds-Visual testing of fusion-welded joint accreditation scheme
    - Launched program for Machine Diagnostic Personal certification accreditation scheme
    - Joined IAF MLA for FSMS
    - Launched program for RTS accreditation scheme
  • 2014
    - Launched program for NDT personnel certification accreditation scheme
  • 2013
    - Launched program for EnMS accreditation scheme
  • 2012
    - Converted as a foundation from an incorporated association
2000 ~ 2009
  • 2007
    - Launched program for ISMS accreditation scheme
  • 2006
    - Recognized as supervision agency for national status of certification by MOCIE
    - Launched program for FSMS accreditation scheme
  • 2005
    - Launched program for Personal certification accreditation scheme
  • 2004
    - Joined IAF MLA for EMS
  • 2002
    - Launched K-OHSMS accreditation scheme
    - Recognized as TL 9000 accreditation body by the QuEST Forum
  • 2001
    - Launched program for TL 9000 accreditation scheme
    - Renamed as KAB
1990 ~1999
  • 1999
    - Joined IAF MLA(Multilateral Recognition Arrangement) for QMS
  • 1997
    - Recognized as QMS accreditation body by MKE
  • 1996
    - Recognized as EMS accreditation body by MKE
    - Joined PAC and IATCA
    - Joined IAF
  • 1995
    - Established as Korea Certification Association for Quality & Environmental Management (KCA) under the supervision of
      Korea Industrial Advancement Administration (KIAA)
Profile
Korea Accreditation Board (KAB) was established on September 28, 1995 in accordance with the government's policy of non-governmental operation for Quality and Environmental Management System certification. As a sole national accreditation body recognized by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), previously Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE), KAB operates the accreditation programs of management systems certification bodies and of personnel certification bodies in the system of third-party attestation based on international standards.

Also, KAB became a signatory of the IAF MLA in 1999 for QMS and in 2003 for EMS, 2015 for FSMS after successful evaluation by PAC peer evaluation teams, which made ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 22000 certificates accredited by KAB be recognized in the countries with being members of the IAF MLA. In addition, to meet the market needs of industry specific quality as well as other management systems, KAB operates accreditation programs for TL 9000, K-OHSMS, ISMS, GMS, EnMS, ABMS, Management System Auditor, NDT Personnel, Machine diagnostics with the support of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

As a non-profit organization, KAB provides accreditation services and surveillance of certification bodies for management system and person, and carries out MLA activities for international recognition. Also KAB carries out other services in accreditation and certification such as research, development of schemes and publication.