Korea Accreditation Board (KAB) is 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, equipped in a system that a third party, independent from organizations to be certified based on international standards, operates them.
Also, KAB became signatories 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 market needs of the industry specific quality as well as other management system, KAB operates accreditation programs for TL 9000, K-OHSMS, ISMS, GMS, EnMS, RBMS, Management System Auditor, NDT Personnel, Machine diagnostics with the support of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (previously Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE)).
KAB provides accreditation activities of accreditation and surveillance of certification bodies for management system and person, and carries out MLA activities for international recognition as well as other services for certification development such as research & development, dissemination and publication business. KAB is a non-profit organization and the sourced of revenue is service charges from its own business.