Hydrogen safety tests ‘faked’ at Korean government institute – reports

A South Korean government agency risked fatal accidents by issuing false safety reports on hydrogen refuelling hoses for companies working on government-funded R&D projects, according to local reports.

Newspaper Hani reported that a government audit of the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) found 14 cases over three years, between January 2020 and December 2022, of “false and fabricated” test reports being issued.

Set up in 1989, KITECH is a national institution that conducts epidemiological, chemical and electrical tests for products and services to ensure they meet national standards.

Of the 14 instances uncovered by the audit, 13 involved reports being issued without any testing having taken place.

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