Monday, September 27, 2021

The Chinese branch of the U.S. company issued a false report triggering a Korean product recall

The Chinese branch of an American multinational electronic testing company has issued false reports for products made in China entering the Korean market for eight consecutive years. Korean media According to reports, a large-scale product recall was announced.

According to South Korean media reports, the recall affected 1,696 products sold by 378 companies in South Korea. The top three companies with recalled products are the large Chinese company Huawei, drone manufacturer DJI and Hangzhou Hikvision, which account for about 30% of all forged reports.

The multinational company Bay Area Compliance Laboratory Corporation (BACL) was established and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and conducts third-party certification and testing of electronic products in multiple jurisdictions. There are branches in Dongguan, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Shanghai and other Chinese cities, as well as in Taiwan, South Korea, Southeast Asia and other places. According to a BACL staff member of one of the Chinese branches, all Chinese branches belong to the same Chinese cooperative company.

According to the Korea News, the Ministry of Science and Technology of South Korea stated that the South Korean police are investigating a Chinese branch of BACL for allegedly publishing a forged American BACL test report for use in broadcast communication equipment sold in South Korea.

Epoch Times Photos
Comparing the fake test report (L) issued by the China Branch of the Bay Area Compliance Laboratory (BACL) with the legal test report (R). The forged test report lists the test location as being in the United States. (Provided by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Korea)

Among the 378 companies identified, Chinese video surveillance equipment supplier Hangzhou Hikvision has the largest number of products with 224 units, followed by Chinese drone manufacturer DJI with 145 units and Huawei with 136 units.

Ranked fourth with 64 reports is Britz International, a South Korean company that makes headphones, speakers and other electronic products. Samsung Electronics ranked 10th with 23 reports, while Dreamus, a subsidiary of SK Telecom, had only two reports.

Since then, these companies have been banned by South Korean authorities from selling products with false reports for one year.

It is not clear whether these companies know in advance that Chinese BACL forged American BACL test reports.

According to Korean media North Korean BusinessAs a subsidiary of Chosun Ilbo, large conglomerates and small and medium-sized South Korean companies have complained about being deceived by Chinese testing agencies. The police are expected to investigate in detail the circumstances behind the fraud.

Korean law requires companies Sell ​​broadcasting and communication equipment to obtain certification that products meet technical standards. The standard includes whether the product can prevent radio wave interference and whether it has been proven to be harmless to the human body.

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So far, South Korea has signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for certification standards with South Korea. 32 countriesIncluding the United States, the 27 member states of the European Union, the European Union, Canada, Vietnam and Chile. It does not recognize certifications from Chinese institutions.

The Epoch Times called BACL’s Chinese branches in Guangzhou and Changsha to comment on reports of false certification. The staff of both branches replied that it was done in China, so the test report was issued from China. They also stated that these reports are valid in South Korea, claiming that there is no need to provide reports from their certification bodies in the United States.

At the same time, a BACL staff member of the Seoul branch told The Epoch Times that South Korea does not accept inspection reports issued by the Chinese branch.

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6 month survey

May 15 last year, South Korea’s Ministry of Science and Technology received a complaint that some test reports marked as US BACL were caused by According to North Korea, a branch of BACL in China.

The department spent six months reviewing all the test reports issued by BACL dating back to 2006. It found According to a department report released on November 10, 2020, the inspection reports of nearly 1,700 products sold by 381 companies were forged by BACL China.

The ministry said In order to maintain a safe radio environment, violations will be dealt with in accordance with relevant laws, adding that surveillance cameras, Bluetooth devices, drones, communication equipment, PC peripherals and other equipment are closely related to people’s daily lives. .

June 17, The ministry recalled all 1,696 products and announced that their certification had been revoked and they would no longer be certified for at least one year. It also prohibits the manufacture, import or sale of the same products in South Korea until proper certification is obtained.

These companies have three months to notify customers.

The Epoch Times has sought comment from BACL’s California headquarters, asking if they are aware of these false reports, but has not yet received a response.

Bian Lisha

Jennifer Zeng

Jennifer Zeng is a freelance writer for The Epoch Times.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

The Chinese branch of the U.S. company issued a false report triggering a Korean product recall
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