Records management standards in Republic of Korea

Records management standards in Republic of Korea

BySong-Ahm Cho


There are two tracks in the development of archive and records management standards in Korea. Development of national standards on records management is assigned to the Korea Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) by the Industrial Standardization Act. In addition the National Archives of Korea develops public archive and records management standards for government agencies and public organizations based on the Public Records Management Act.

With regard to the implementation of ISO 30300 series of standards, the first auditor training course was held in August 2015.

The Expert Committee on records management (mirror committee of ISO TC46/SC11) under the Information Technology Council of Korea Industrial Standards Commission is responsible for reviewing and approving national standards on records management. Currently there are 12 national standards including 10 adopted standards from ISO.

  • KS X 7501:2010 Trustworthy Third party electronic records repository
  • KS X 6500:2010 Vital records management and disaster preparedness
  • 10 adopted standards: KS X ISO 15489-1, KS X ISO TR 15489-2, KS X ISO 23081-1, KS X ISO 22310, KS X ISO TR 26122, KS X ISO 23081-2, KS X ISO 16175-3, KS X ISO /TR 13028, KS X ISO 30300, and KS X ISO 30301

The National Archives of Korea have developed about 50 archive and records management standards covering records management process, metadata, functional requirements for digital records system, preservation and service, etc. .  For further details, see

The first Auditor Training Course on ISO 30301:2011 Management System for Records in Korea was held on 24~28 August 2015 jointly by Bureau Veritas Korea branch, a world renowned French certification body branch and DIMS, Korea leading records management service company.

This training course was developed in accordance with ISO 17021:2011 “Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management system” and 19011:2011 “Guidelines for auditing management system”. The Auditor Training Course was reviewed and accredited in accordance with ISO Conformity Assessment standards including ISO/IEC17024:2012 “General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons” by Korea Records Information Management Forum which is government registered non-profit organization.