Korea FDA Authorizes SGS Shanghai as Official Third Party Laboratory
The Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) issued an official certificate to SGS-CSTC on August 17, 2009, indicating SGS China as their authorized foreign third party laboratory.
The authorization signifies that the analytical testing capability of the SGS-CSTC Shanghai laboratory center is recognized by the KFDA, and the scope covers food (including agricultural and fishery products), food additives and packaging material. The KFDA also recognizes the test reports issued by the Shanghai lab wherein all testing requests will be based on Korea’s regulations and international standards.
Established in 1996, the KFDA’s duty is to promote public health by ensuring the safety and efficacy of foods, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics and supporting the development of the food and pharmaceutical industries. The routine check-up by the KFDA is also an important function as it ensures the quality of import and export products.
In recent years, trade between China and South Korea has developed rapidly. China has become South Korea's largest trading nation, while South Korea is China's fifth largest trading partner.
The exports that came from China to Korea in 2007 and 2008 amounted to $3.6 billion and $3.17 billion respectively. China has become the major agricultural and food supplier to South Korea, especially for fishery and grains products (rice and corn). With this surge in trade volume, the KFDA’s supervisory responsibilities have consequently become increasingly demanding. Hence, a reliable third party testing services provider like SGS to assist the KFDA in the control and assurance of safety and quality is necessary.
As the recognized global benchmark for quality and integrity, SGS Group has always been a preferred partner of government supervising bodies. The SGS-CSTC Shanghai laboratory’s authorization from the KFDA will benefit all enterprises engaged in trade with South Korea.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Flora Yan / Ms. Sunny Sunt: 0532 – 88703016/ 021-61072765
f: 0532 – 83884152/ 021-61402547
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