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INDUSTRIAL CONVERGENCE PROMOTION ACT

Act No. 10547, Apr. 5, 2011

Amended by Act No. 12609, May 20, 2014

Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017

Act No. 15085, Nov. 28, 2017

Act No. 15344, Jan. 16, 2018

CHAPTER I GENERAL PROVISIONS
 Article 1 (Purpose)
The purpose of this Act is to contribute to the continuous development of the national economy and the enhancement of the quality of lives of people by providing for matters regarding a system for the promotion of industrial convergence and assistance therein to develop infrastructure for industrial convergence and enhance the competitiveness of industries.
 Article 2 (Definitions)
The terms used in this Act shall be defined as follows:
1. The term "industrial convergence" means activities for innovating existing industries or creating new industries with societal and market values through creative combination and convergence between industries, between technologies and industries, and between technologies;
2. The term "new product of industrial convergence" means a product that is made as an outcome of industrial convergence and that has great economic and technicalripple effects and has good functions and quality;
3. The term "new convergence industries" means new industries that are highly marketable with a high ripple effect, high potential for growth, and a great degree of contribution to the development of the national economy among industrial sectors newly created through industrial convergence;
4. The term "related central administrative agency" means a central administrative agency that administers the affairs related to industrial convergence;
5. The term "competent central administrative agency" means a central administrative agency that administers various kinds of permission, approval, certification, validation, and authorization under specific Acts and subordinate statutes related to new products of industrial convergence;
6. The term "manufacturers, etc." means persons who intend to manufacture, sell, install, or operate new products of industrial convergence.
 Article 3 (Responsibilities of the State, etc.)
(1) The central government and local governments shall prepare measures necessary for the promotion of industrial convergence.
(2) The central government and local governments shall endeavor to perform the following affairs for the promotion of industrial convergence:
1. Establishment of a system for the promotion of industrial convergence and the improvement of relevant systems;
2. Assistance in research projects related to industrial convergence;
3. Enhancement of capabilities of small and medium enterprises, etc. for industrial convergence.
(3) Universities, industrial universities, teachers' colleges, junior colleges, cyber colleges, and technical colleges under subparagraphs 1 through 6 of Article 2 of the Higher Education Act (hereinafter referred to as "universities") and research institutes shall train human resources competent for industrial convergence and shall endeavor to boost related research.
(4) Manufacturers, etc. shall endeavor to promote industrial convergence through the development of new products of industrial convergence and shall participate and cooperate in the Government's measures for industrial convergence.
 Article 4 (Relationship to other Acts)
Except as provided for specifically in any other Act, the provisions of this Act shall apply to industrial convergence and the promotion thereof.
CHAPTER II ESTABLISHMENT, ETC. OF SYSTEM FOR PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL CONVERGENCE
 Article 5 (Establishment, Implementation, etc. of Master Plan for Development of Industrial Convergence)
(1) In order to promote industrial convergence efficiently, the Government shall establish and implement a master plan for the development of industrial convergence (hereinafter referred to as "master plan") every five years through deliberation by the Industrial Convergence Development Committee under Article 8 (hereinafter referred to as the "Industrial Convergence Development Committee"), as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(2) A master plan shall include the following matters:
1. The goals of the development of industrial convergence and the basic direction of policies thereon;
2. A plan for the enforcement of relevant policies, such as industrial policies for the development of industrial convergence;
3. Preparation of systems related to industrial convergence;
4. Expansion of investment for industrial convergence;
5. Enhancement of capabilities for innovation for industrial convergence;
6. Promotion of research and development focused on practical use of industrial convergence;
7. Diffusion of outcomes of research on industrial convergence and promotion of commercialization;
8. Promotion of international cooperation and overseas expansion in connection with industrial convergence;
9. Matters regarding surveys and analysis on the actual status of certification of new products of industrial convergence and the improvement of systems therefor;
10. Other matters specified by Presidential Decree as those necessary for the development of industrial convergence.
(3) If necessary for the establishment of master plan, the head of the related central administrative agency may request local governments, related educational or research institutes, and legal entities or organizations that participate in national research and development projects to submit necessary data.
 Article 6 (Establishment, Implementation, etc. of Annual Implementation Plans)
(1) The head of the related central administrative agency shall establish and implement an annual implementation plan (hereinafter referred to as "implementation plan") in accordance with a master plan. In such cases, results of deliberation by the Industrial Convergence Development Committee shall be reflected in an implementation plan.
(2) When an implementation plan is established pursuant to paragraph (1), the head of the related central administrative agency shall submit it to the Industrial Convergence Development Committee, accompanied by a report on the performance of the implementation plan for the previous year.
(3) Except as otherwise provided for in paragraphs (1) and (2), matters necessary for the establishment, implementation, submission, etc. of implementation plans shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 7 (Surveys and Preparation of Statistics Related to Industrial Convergence)
(1) The head of the related central administrative agency shall conduct and prepare surveys on statistics related to industrial convergence as may be necessary for the establishment of a master plan and implementation plans to prepare such statistics.
(2) Matters necessary for the subject matters of surveys on statistics related to industrial convergence under paragraph (1) and the scope of preparation of such statistics shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 8 (Industrial Convergence Development Committee)
(1) In order to promote industrial convergence and deliberate on and coordinate policies on industrial convergence, the Industrial Convergence Development Committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Committee" in this Article) shall be established within the remit of the Prime Minister.
(2) The Committee shall deliberate on and coordinate the following matters. In such cases, the Committee shall consult in advance with the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology prescribed by the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology Act on matters related to science and technology: <Amended by Act No. 11713, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 15344, Jan. 16, 2018>
1. Establishment and adjustment of major policies and plans for the promotion of industrial convergence;
2. Matters regarding the establishment and implementation of the master plan;
3. Matters regarding implementation plans and reports on the performance of implementation plans for the previous year, which shall be submitted by the heads of related central administrative agencies under Article 6 (2);
4. Matters regarding schemes for securing finances for industrial convergence;
5. Matters regarding assistance in the promotion of industrial convergence;
6. Matters regarding national standards and certification related to industrial convergence;
7. Petitions and recommendations from enterprises with regard to industrial convergence and matters reported by the ombudsman for the promotion of industrial convergence pursuant to Article 10 (5);
8. Matters regarding assistance to new convergence industries;
9. Matters that the head of the related central administrative agency requests in relation to the promotion of industrial convergence;
10. Other matters brought by the chairperson of the Committee for deliberation.
(3) The Committee shall be comprised of not more than 25 members, including one chairperson.
(4) The Prime Minister shall serve as the chairperson, and the Minister of Science and ICT and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy shall jointly serve as secretaries, while the following persons shall serve as members: <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
1. Heads of the related central administrative agencies specified by Presidential Decree and the Minister of the Prime Minister's Office;
2. Persons commissioned by the committee chairperson from among those who have good expertise and experience in relation to industrial convergence and the promotion thereof.
(5) The chairperson shall represent the Committee and have overall control over the affairs of the Committee.
(6) If the chairperson is unable to perform his/her duties due to an extenuating circumstance, membersdesignated by the chairperson in advance shall act on behalf of the chairperson.
(7) The term of office for a member commissioned pursuant to paragraph (4) 2 shall be two years.
(8) If deemed necessary,the chairperson shall convene and preside over a meeting.
(9) A meeting of the Committee shall be duly formed to open with the attendance of a majority of members and shall adopt a resolution by an affirmative vote of the majority of members present at the meeting.
(10) The Committee may have special subcommittees in order to carry out, and assist the Committee in, its affairs efficiently and examine, coordinate, or handle affairs delegated by the Committee.
(11) Except as otherwise provided for in paragraphs (1) through (10), matters necessary for the composition and operation of the Committee and special subcommittees shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 9 (Recommendation, etc. of Improvement of Acts and Subordinate Statutes Relevant to New Convergence Industries)
(1) When the head of the related central administrative agency seeks enactment or amendment of an Act or subordinate statute related to the assistance to new convergence industries, the Industrial Convergence Development Committee may present its opinion on the necessity of the enactment or amendment of the relevant Act or subordinate statute or may recommend a scheme for reasonable improvement.
(2) Upon receiving an opinion or recommendation for improvement pursuant to paragraph (1), the head of the related central administrative agency shall respect the Industrial Convergence Development Committee's opinion or recommendation for improvement in enacting or amending the relevant Act or subordinate statute, unless there is any extenuating circumstance.
 Article 10 (Ombudsman, etc. for Promotion of Industrial Convergence)
(1) In order to promote industrial convergence, the Minister of Knowledge Economy shall receive petitions and recommendations from enterprises related to industrial convergence, conduct surveys, and prepare a scheme for the improvement of systems related to industrial convergence. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) In order to provide assistance in the affairs under paragraph (1), the Ministry of Knowledge Economy shall appoint an ombudsman for the promotion of industrial convergence. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(3) An ombudsman for the promotion of industrial convergence shall be commissioned by the Minister of Knowledge Economy from among experts in industrial convergence from private institutions or organizations. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(4) An ombudsman for the promotion of industrial convergence may request heads of related administrative agencies and heads of appropriate agencies to cooperate in handling petitions and recommendations from enterprises related to industrial convergence. In such cases, the heads of related administrative agencies and the heads of appropriate agencies shall inform the ombudsman for the promotion of industrial convergence of their opinions on the matters for which a request for cooperation has been made, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(5) An ombudsman for the promotion of industrial convergence shall report to the Industrial Convergence Development Committee on necessary matters informed pursuant to the latter part of paragraph (4).
CHAPTER III CERTIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE WITH NEW PRODUCTS OF INDUSTRIAL CONVERGENCE
 Article 11 (Application for Certification of Conformity of New Products of Industrial Convergence)
(1) If a manufacturer, etc. fails to obtain any permission, approval, certification, validation, or authorization under a specific Act or subordinate statute (hereinafter referred to as "permission, etc") with regard to a new product of industrial convergence on any of the following grounds, he/she may file an application with the head of the competent central administrative agency for the certification of compliance with the new product of industrial convergence (hereinafter referred to as "certification of compliance"), as prescribed by Presidential Decree. If competent central administrative agencies involved in such cases are two or more, an application may be filed with the head of any competent central administrative agency among them, and the head of the competent central administrative agency that receives such an application shall forward a copy of the application to the heads of other competent central administrative agencies immediately:
1. Where no standard, specification, or requirement applies to a new product of industrial convergence in the Act or subordinate statute that provides grounds for permission, etc.;
2. Where it is improper to apply the standard, specification, or requirement under the Act or subordinate statute that provides grounds for permission, etc. to a new product of industrial convergence.
(2) Upon receiving an application for the certification of compliance under paragraph (1), the head of the competent central administrative agency shall notify the manufacturer, etc., who files the application for the certification of compliance, of whether the product is subject to the examination for certification of compliance and the estimated period that may take for examination, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. If competent central administrative agencies involved in such cases are two or more, the head of the competent central administrative agency that receive an application shall consult in advance with the heads of other competent central administrative agencies with whom the application for the certification of compliance is not filed with regard to the matters to be notified before giving notice, and the heads of the competent central administrative agencies in receipt of a request for such consultation shall present their opinions within 10 days from the day on which they receive the request.
 Article 12 (Examination for Certification of Compliance)
(1) Upon receiving an application for the certification of compliance pursuant to Article 11 (1), the head of the competent central administrative agency (including the other competent central administrative agencies with whom no application is filed, if competent central administrative agencies are two or more) shall conduct an examination for certification of compliance, taking into full consideration the characteristics of the new product of industrial convergence.
(2) In order to conduct an examination for certification of compliance in an appropriate and professional manner, the head of the competent central administrative agency that conducts an examination for certification of compliance under paragraph (1) shall consult with public officials of the following agencies and non-governmental experts in relevant areas on matters regarding certification of compliance, including standards for the certification of compliance, as prescribed by Presidential Decree:
1. The competent central administrative agency in receipt of a application for certification of compliance;
2. Other competent central administrative agencies with whom no application for certification of compliance is filed (applicable only to cases of two or more competent central administrative agencies).
 Article 13 (Certification of Compliance, etc.)
(1) If the head of the competent central administrative agency that conducts an examination for certification of compliance pursuant to Article 12 has no specific problem in the aspect of safety, etc. and can establish standards, specifications, and requirements, etc. that are suitable or applicable to the new product of industrial convergence when he/she considers the characteristics of the new product of industrial convergence, he/she shall certify compliance without delay after consultation on certification of compliance under Article 12 (2) within the period specified by Presidential Decree, which shall not exceed six months from the day on which the application for certification of compliance is filed: Provided, That the period may be extended once by not more than 30 days, if there is an extenuating circumstance.
(2) In certifying compliance pursuant to paragraph (1), the head of the competent central administrative agency may attach necessary conditions to the certification in order to secure the safety, etc. of the new products of industrial convergence.
(3) When the head of the competent central administrative agency certifies the compliance of a new product of industrial convergence pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be deemed obtained the permission, etc. under the Act or subordinate statute that provides the grounds for the permission, etc.
(4) The head of the competent central administrative agency that has certified conformity pursuant to paragraph (1) shall make public notification of the standards for the examination for certification of compliance of the relevant new products of industrial convergence, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. In case of two or more competent central administrative agencies, they shall consult with one another and consolidate the standards for the examination for certification of compliance of new products of industrial convergence and shall make public notification of the consolidated standards.
(5) Except as otherwise provided for in paragraphs (1) through (4), matters necessary for procedure, methods, etc. for certification of compliance shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 14 (Cancellation of Certification of Compliance)
(1) If a person to whom certification of compliance has been granted pursuant to Article 13 (1) falls under any of the following subparagraphs, the head of the competent central administrative agency that has given the certification of compliance shall cancel the certification of compliance:
1. If the person has obtained the certification of compliance by fraud or other wrongful means;
2. If the person fails to satisfy the conditions under Article 13 (2);
3. If the person no longer meets the standards publicly notified for the examination for certification of compliance pursuant to Article 13 (4).
(2) If the certification of conformity of a new product of industrial convergence is cancelled pursuant to paragraph (1), no such new product shall be sold, installed, or operated.
 Article 15 (Objection against Denial, etc. of Certification of Conformity)
(1) If a manufacturer, etc. who has filed an application for certification of compliance in accordance with Article 11 (1) has an objection in regard to the certification of compliance, he/she may file an objection with the head of the competent central administrative agency, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(2) Upon receipt of an objection under paragraph (1), the head of the competent central administrative agency shall notify the following persons of the results of the disposition made in regard to the objection within 30 days from the filing date of the objection:
1. The manufacturer, etc.;
2. The Industrial Convergence Development Committee;
3. The ombudsman for the promotion of industrial convergence.
 Article 16 (Implementation of Programs for Insurance against Injuries)
(1) In order to indemnify consumers from injuries that may be caused by a new product of industrial convergence, a manufacturer, etc. with certification of compliance given pursuant to Article 13 may purchase insurance or subscribe to mutual aid fund provided by any of the following persons: Provided, That such a manufacturer, etc. shall subscribe for insurance or a mutual aid fund in cases specified by Presidential Decree as necessary for the safety of consumers; <Amended by Act No. 12609, May 20, 2014>
1. A capital goods mutual aid association under Article 40 (1) 1 of the Industrial Development Act;
2. An insurance company under subparagraph 6 of Article 2 of the Insurance Business Act that is engaged in non-life insurance business under subparagraph 4 of Article 2 of the same Act;
3. The Korea Trade Insurance Corporation under Article 37 of the Trade Insurance Act;
4. The Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business under Article 3 (1) 4 of the Small and Medium Enterprise Cooperatives Act.
(2) If a person who is engaged in the insurance business or mutual aid business under paragraph (1) (hereinafter referred to as "liability insurance business") deems necessary for the operation of the business, he/she may demand an appropriate specialized institution or organization to furnish him/her with data about certification of compliance of a new product. In such cases, such an appropriate specialized institution or organization shall comply with the demand, unless there is any extenuating circumstance.
(3) Matters necessary for the details and operation of the liability insurance business shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
CHAPTER IV ASSISTANCE IN AND PROMOTION, ETC. OF INDUSTRIAL CONVERGENCE, INVIGORATION
 Article 17 (Assistance to New Convergence Industries)
(1) In order to invigorate new convergence industries and provide assistance to such industries for development, the Government may conduct the following:
1. Assistance in training of professional human resources for new convergence industries, and invigoration of research;
2. The development and diffusion of business models of new convergence industries;
3. Assistance in the establishment and utilization of information systems related to new convergence industries;
4. Assistance in the standardization and diffusion of new convergence industries;
5. International cooperation for the promotion of the development of new convergence industries;
6. The promotion of exchanges between different types of business for the discovery of new convergence industries;
7. Contribution, subsidization, and lending of loans to persons who find new convergence industries and perform such task;
8. Assistance in other matters necessary for the promotion of the development of new convergence industries.
(2) Matters necessary for the scope of new convergence industries under each subparagraph of paragraph (1) and the business eligible for assistance, procedures, methods, etc. for assistance shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 18 (Promotion, etc. of Industrial-Convergence-Oriented Research and Development)
(1) If the head of the related central administrative agency finds that a research and development project within his/her remit is related to industrial convergence, he/she may promote the task (hereinafter referred to as "industrial-convergence-oriented task") intensively.
(2) The head of the related central administrative agency may grant contributions or subsidies for expenses for the promotion of an industrial-convergence-oriented task within budgetary limits.
(3) Matters necessary for the promotion of industrial-convergence-oriented tasks, including the grant of contributions or subsidies under paragraph (2), shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 19 (Assistance, etc. in Relation to Intellectual Property Rights for Promotion of Industrial Convergence)
(1) The head of the related central administrative agency may implement the following supportive projects in relation to intellectual property rights in order to promote industrial convergence:
1. A project related to the use and implementation of the outcomes of research, including patents acquired as a result of research related to industrial convergence, and intellectual property rights held by the central government or a local government, and the promotion of exchanges of such intellectual property rights;
2. A project for the brokerage and arrangement of intellectual property rights for persons who intend to develop trial products or final products for the promotion of industrial convergence.
(2) The head of the related central administrative agency may designate an institution or organization that performs affairs related to intellectual property rights to authorize it to execute supportive projects under paragraph (1), as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(3) The head of the related central administrative agency may grant contributions or subsidies to an institution or organization designated pursuant to paragraph (2) for expenses incurred in its supportive projects.
 Article 20 (Establishment of Cooperation System among Industries)
(1) In order to promote industrial convergence, the Government shall prepare schemes for the exchanges and cooperation among the industries.
(2) In order to enhance exchanges and cooperation among the industries under paragraph (1), the Government may provide assistance in the following matters:
1. Development and implementation of joint education programs among domestic and foreign research institutes, universities, and enterprises;
2. Invigoration of exchanges of human resources for research among industries;
3. Invitation of foreign professional human resources for industrial convergence;
4. Establishment of information systems for professional human resources for industrial convergence and tasks of research and development of industrial convergence;
5. Other matters necessary for the exchanges and cooperation among industries.
 Article 21 (Assistance, etc. to Joint Organization for Industrial Convergence)
(1) The Minister of Knowledge Economy shall prepare schemes for promoting the establishment and activities of associations, organizations, study groups, etc. that industrial establishments voluntarily organize in order to promote industrial convergence (hereinafter referred to as "joint organization for industrial convergence"). <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) The Minister of Knowledge Economy may provide assistance in activities specified by Ordinance of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, such as surveys and analyses conducted by joint organizations for industrial convergence for the discovery of new convergence industries. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(3) In order to provide continuous and effective assistance to joint organizations for industrial convergence in their activities, the Minister of Knowledge Economy may establish and manage database, etc. about joint organizations for industrial convergence, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
 Article 22 (Assistance in Mutual Exchanges of Human Resources between Different Types of Industry)
(1) In order to promote industrial convergence, the Government shall establish and implement measures for mutual exchanges of human resources between different types of industry.
(2) If necessary for the promotion of mutual exchange of human resources between different types of industry, the Government may partially grant subsidies for expenses incurred in such exchanges of human resources.
(3) The Government may select enterprises that have performed well in industrial convergence through exchanges of human resources between different types of industry as leading enterprises in industrial convergence and may provide assistance to such enterprises.
(4) Matters necessary for the method and procedure for the selection of leading enterprises in industrial convergence under paragraph (3) and assistance to such enterprises shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 23 (Implementation of Pilot Projects)
(1) If deemed necessary for the following matters, the head of the related central administrative agency may implement a pilot project in a limited area during a specified period:
1. The promotion of industrial convergence;
2. The invigoration of diffusion of new products of industrial convergence and services related to industrial convergence;
3. The verification of the utility or hazards, etc. of new products of industrial convergence and related technology, which shall be conducted before granting permission, etc.
(2) The head of the related central administrative agency may provide necessary assistance to a person who participates in a pilot project under paragraph (1).
(3) Matters necessary for the procedure for pilot projects under paragraphs (1) and (2) and the assistance in such pilot projects shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 24 (Assistance, etc. to Small and Medium Enterprises in Industrial Convergence Projects)
(1) When any of the following persons (hereinafter referred to as "small or medium enterprise, etc.") carries out research and development through industrial convergence or the commercialization of the outcomes of research thereon (hereinafter referred to as "industrial convergence project"), the head of the related central administrative agency may grant contributions or subsidies for expenses incurred therein or provide other assistance as necessary:
1. A person who prepares for starting up a new business under subparagraph 1 of Article 2 of the Support for Small and Medium Enterprise Establishment Act:
3. A person specified by Presidential Decree among enterprises that are not small and medium enterprises under Article 2 of the Framework Act on Small and Medium Enterprises but do not belong to an enterprise group subject to limitations on mutual investment under Article 14 (1) of the Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act.
(2) A small or medium enterprise that intends to obtain contributions, subsidies, or assistance under paragraph (1) shall submit a plan for an industrial convergence project, which shall include details of the industrial convergence project and facts specified by Presidential Decree, to the head of the related central administrative agency.
(3) When the head of the related central administrative agency recognizes, as a result of his/her evaluation of a plan submitted for an industrial convergence project pursuant to paragraph (2), that the industrial convergence project is proper, effective, and efficient, he/she may grant contributions or subsidies for expenses necessary for the project or provide other assistance as necessary.
(4) Matters necessary for the criteria and procedures, etc.for contributions, subsidies, or assistance under paragraphs (1) and (3) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 25 (Assistance to Purchasers of New Products of Industrial Convergence)
(1) The State and local governments may provide necessary assistance to persons who purchase new products of industrial convergence for environmental protection or job creation or such new products of high value to society.
(2) Further details about the scope of assistance to purchasers of new products of industrial convergence under paragraph (1), and the criteria, methods, and procedure for, and the scale of, such assistance shall be determined and publicly notified by the head of each related central administrative agency.
 Article 26 (Designation, etc. of Industrial Convergence Support Center)
(1) In order to support the promotion of industrial convergence and the development of new convergence industries efficiently, the Minister of Knowledge Economy may designate an institution or a legal entity that meets the requirements prescribed by Presidential Decree for professional human resources, facilities, etc. as an industrial convergence support center (hereinafter referred to as the "Center" in this Article). <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) The center shall carry out the following: <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
1. Surveys and analyses of markets for industrial convergence and the use of collected information;
2. Assistance in research and development projects related to industrial convergence within the remit of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy;
3. Assistance in the startup of new business and business management in relation to industrial convergence and the collection and management of information thereof;
4. Projects entrusted by the Government for the promotion of industrial convergence;
5. Projects for the enhancement of competitiveness of enterprises through industrial convergence and the assistance in the discovery of new convergence industries;
6. Assistance with professional human resources necessary for the development of new products of small and medium enterprises through industrial convergence and the discovery of new convergence industries;
7. Other business specified by Presidential Decree as necessary for the development of new products of industrial convergence or the promotion of new convergence industries.
(3) If necessary for carrying out business under each subparagraph of paragraph (2), the Center may request a university, an institution, or an organization specified by Presidential Decree to dispatch researchers or experts, etc. who work for the university, institution, or organization.
(4) The Minister of Knowledge Economy may fully or partially subsidize the Center within budgetary limits for expenses incurred in carrying out business under each subparagraph of paragraph (2). <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(5) The head of a university, an institution, or an organization that has dispatched a researcher or expert pursuant to paragraph (3) shall not treat the researcher or expert so dispatched to his/her disadvantage in status or in salary.
(6) If a person designated as the Center pursuant to paragraph (1) falls under any of the following subparagraphs, the Minister of Knowledge Economy may cancel the designation or order it to suspend its business operations for a specified period not exceeding six months: Provided, That the designation shall be cancelled if such a person falls under subparagraph 1: <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
1. If the person has obtained the designation by fraud or other wrongful means;
2. If the person fails to continued business operations for six months or longer without a justifiable reason;
3. If the person fails to meet the requirements for the designation under paragraph (1);
4. If the Center has used the subsidized fund for any purpose other than the purpose of subsidization.
(7) Except as otherwise provided for in paragraphs (1) through (6), matters necessary for the designation and operation of the Center shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 27 (Special Cases concerning Leave of Absence of Faculty Members of Universities, etc.)
Notwithstanding provisions of Article 59 (1) of the Private School Act, a person who falls under any of the following subparagraphs may be given leaves of absence in order to allow him/her to work for a small or medium enterprise for a project implemented by the industrial convergence support center under Article 26 (hereinafter referred to as the "industrial convergence support center") for assistance with professional human resources: <Amended by Act No. 15085, Nov. 28, 2017>
1. A university faculty member (including a researcher of a research institute affiliated with a university; the same shall apply hereinafter);
CHAPTER V ESTABLISHMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE FOR INDUSTRIAL CONVERGENCE
 Article 28 (Designation, etc. of Universities Specialized in Industrial Convergence)
(1) In order to train professional human resources necessary for industrial convergence, the Government may designate universities specialized in industrial convergence, graduate schools specialized in industrial convergence, or research institutes affiliated with a university and specialized in industrial convergence from among the following institutions, as prescribed by Presidential Decree: <Amended by Act No. 15085, Nov. 28, 2017>
1. Universities, graduate schools under Article 29 of the Higher Education Act, graduate school universities under Article 30 of the same Act, and research institutes affiliated with a university under Article 25 of the same Act (limited to research institutes affiliated with a university that meets the standards prescribed by Presidential Decree for facilities and faculty members);
2. The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology under the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Act;
3. The Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology under the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology Act;
4. The Daegu-Kyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology under the Daegu-Kyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology Act.
5. The Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology under the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology Act;
(2) The Government may provide assistance necessary for the operation of universities specialized in industrial convergence, graduate schools specialized in industrial convergence, or research institutes affiliated with a university and specialized in industrial convergence, which are designated pursuant to paragraph (1).
(3) Matters necessary for procedures for designation of universities specialized in industrial convergence, graduate schools specialized in industrial convergence, or research institutes affiliated with a university and specialized in industrial convergence under paragraph (1) and the scope of the assistance under paragraph (2) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 29 (Standardization of Industrial Convergence)
(1) The Government may implement the following projects for standardization in order to improve the quality of new products of industrial convergence and related services and to secure the compatibility of such products and services:
1. Development and diffusion of standards for new products of industrial convergence and related services;
2. Surveys, research, development of domestic and foreign standards related to industrial convergence;
3. Other projects necessary for the standardization of industrial convergence.
(2) In order to implement standardization projects under subparagraphs of paragraph (1), the Government may authorize an institution or organization specified by Presidential Decree to carry out such projects instead of it.
(3) In order to subsidize an institution or organization under paragraph (2) for expenses incurred in the performance of its business, the Government may grant contributions or subsidies to the institution or organization.
 Article 30 (Promotion of, and Assistance in, etc. International Cooperation and Advance to Overseas Markets)
(1) The Government shall grasp international trends of industrial convergence and promote international cooperation.
(2) In order to promote the invigoration of international cooperation in industrial convergence and the advance to overseas markets, the Government may implement projects for the international exchange of technology and human resources for industrial convergence, international standardization, and international joint research and development.
(3) In order to assist persons who carry out the projects under paragraph (2) or implement such projects efficiently, the Government may authorize an institution or organization specified by Presidential Decree to carry out such projects instead of it. In such cases, the Government may grant contributions or subsidies to the institution or organization that carries out the projects under paragraph (2) instead of it.
 Article 31 (Establishment of Infrastructure for Culture of Industrial Convergence)
(1) In order to establish infrastructure for the culture under which industrial convergence can be invigorated and the development of new products of industrial convergence and the development of new convergence industries can be promoted through mutual exchanges and cooperation among the State, local governments, enterprises, educational institutions (hereinafter referred to as "culture of industrial convergence"), the Government shall prepare schemes for the establishment of infrastructure for the culture of industrial convergence, in which the following matters shall be included:
1. Education of the culture of industrial convergence and training of related professional human resources;
2. Publicity for the creation and development of the culture of industrial convergence;
3. Development and spread of educational contents related to the culture of industrial convergence;
4. Fostering of, and assistance to, institutions or organizations that carry out projects or activities for the creation and development of the culture of industrial convergence;
5. Establishment of systems and infrastructure for the invigoration of enjoyment and exchanges of the culture of industrial convergence;
6. Other matters necessary for the establishment of infrastructure for the culture of industrial convergence.
(2) The Government shall endeavor to have education about the culture of industrial convergence included in the guidelines and contents of curricula prescribed by school regulations in accordance with Article 21 of the Higher Education Act.
CHAPTER VI SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS
 Article 32 (Prohibition, etc. of Fraudulent Application for Budget and Use of Budget for Purpose Other than Intended Purpose)
A person who intends to receive, or has received, financial support pursuant to this Act shall not file a fraudulent application for the related budget nor shall use the financial support for any purpose other than the originally intended purpose or any other wrongful purpose.
 Article 33 (Hearings)
When the head of the competent central administrative agency or the Minister of Knowledge Economy intends to make any of the following dispositions, he/she shall hold a hearing: <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
1. Cancellation of the certification of compliance under Article 14;
2. Cancellation of the designation of an industrial convergence support center under Article 26 (6).
 Article 34 (Fees)
When the head of the competent central administrative agency certifies compliance pursuant to Article 13, he/she may collect fees from the relevant manufacturers, etc. as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 35 (Assistance with Loans, etc.)
The State and local governments may assist manufacturers, etc. with financial support and loans as may be necessary so that they can efficiently carry out projects for the enhancement of industrial competitiveness and the development of new convergence industries through the promotion of industrial convergence.
 Article 36 (Delegation and Entrustment)
(1) The authority of the head of the competent central administrative agency granted under this Act may be partially delegated to the Special Metropolitan City Mayor, a Metropolitan City Mayor, a Special Self-Governing Province Governor, or the head of an affiliate agency, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(2) The administrative affairs of the head of the related central administrative agency under this Act may be entrusted partially to an industrial convergence support center or an related specialized institution or organization, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 37 (Legal Fiction of as Public Officials in Application of Penal Provisions)
A person who falls under any of the following subparagraphs shall be deemed a public official in applying penal provisions of Articles 127, and 129 through 132 of the Criminal Act:
1. An expert in industrial convergence commissioned asan ombudsman for the promotion of industrial convergence pursuant to Article 10 (3) and who carries out relevant affairs;
2. An executive or employee who performs the affairs of an industrial convergence support center in an institution or a legal entity designated pursuant to Article 26 (1).
CHAPTER VII PENAL PROVISIONS
 Article 38 (Penalty Provisions)
A person who has obtained certification of compliance under Article 13 by fraud or other wrongful means shall be punished by imprisonment with prison labor for not more than three years or by a fine not exceeding 30 million won.
 Article 39 (Administrative Fines)
(1) Any of the following persons shall be punished by an administrative fine not exceeding 10 million won:
1. A person who sells, installs, or operates a new product of industrial convergence in violation of Article 14 (2) after the certification of compliance of the product is cancelled;
2. A person who fails to purchase insurance or subscribe to a mutual aid fund, in violation of the proviso to Article 16 (1).
(2) Administrative fines under paragraph (1) shall be imposed and collected by the head of the competent central administrative agency, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
ADDENDUM
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
(1) This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
(2) Omitted.
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 11713, Mar. 23, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 6 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 12609, May 20, 2014>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That among the Acts amended under Article 5 of the Addenda, amendments to an Act, which was promulgated before this Act enters into force but date on which it enters into force has yet to arrive, shall enter into force on the enforcement date of the relevant Act.
Articles 2 through 6 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 15085, Nov. 28, 2017>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Act No. 15344, Jan. 16, 2018>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force three months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 4 Omitted.