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Intertek and Korean Gas Safety Corporation Extend Agreement for Testing and Certification of Hazardous Location Equipment

June 1, 2016
By Business Wire News


Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, and the Korean Gas Safety Corporation (KGS), the only gas safety management specialist in Korea, have expanded their partnership for the testing and certification of equipment used in explosive atmospheres. Under the expanded agreement, the two organizations will accept testing and quality assessments for national and international certifications and compliance verifications, while also providing support for education and training, as well as exchange of technical information.

“Intertek’s relationship with KGS has a long history and we are pleased to build upon it in order to strengthen our global networks and partnerships,” said Rich Adams, Senior Vice President at Intertek. “The expansion of this agreement underscores our commitment to helping our customers more easily gain access to new markets with reliable, knowledgeable partners.”

The new agreement, which builds upon the existing agreement between KGS and Intertek, grants customers receiving certifications in the US and UK better access to the Korean market, while also allowing Korean manufacturers global access through the US and UK. Test reports, data and quality assessments will be shared in order to issue certifications such as IECEx, ATEX and/or national certifications. Information can also be used to illustrated compliance with technical standards and specifications mutually recognized among the regions.

“With our expanded partnership with Intertek, KGS is ready to take a firm position as Asia’s top certification group for equipment used in explosive atmospheres,” said Seung Kook Lee, General Manager at KGS. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration to help bring certified equipment into Korea but also provide support to domestic companies looking to export.”

Intertek provides global solutions to the hazardous locations industry with a proven track record of success supporting clients. From the widely recognized ETL mark for North America, to ATEX and IECEx certification, Intertek’s team of engineers and technicians have the experience and know-how to help with the certification process and provide training and technical service solutions designed with the industry in mind. For more information, visit

About Intertek

Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 40,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers’ operations and supply chains.

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About KGS

KGS is a governmental testing, inspection and education organization under the control of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). KGS is the only gas safety management specialist in Korea that performs various safety related activities such as inspection and check-ups of various gas facilities, certification, education and training, public relations, R&D and the investigation and analysis of gas-related incidents in order to protect the lives and properties of citizens from the hazards of gas-related incidents. Visit

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