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How to Report a Violation of Public Interest

What to be reported

The term of “violation of the public interest” means any of the following acts that infringe on the health and safety of the people, the environment, the interests of consumers, fair competition, and public interest equivalent thereto:

An act that is subject to any penal provisions defined in the Acts listed in attached table
An act that is subject to an administrative action determined by Article 3 of Presidential Decree the Act, including the cancellation or suspension of a permit or license in accordance with the Acts listed in the attache table

How to report

Anyone discovers that a violation occurred or occurring, he/she may report to (a) the ACRC, (b) the representative or employer of a person, institution, organization, company, etc. that may violate or has violated public interest, (c) the administrative agency or supervisory body that has the authority to direct, supervise, regulate or investigate violations of public interest (d) investigative authorities including public prosecutor, police, special judicial police, (e) a member of the National Assembly and (f) a public corporation, a state owned enterprise and other public organization established under the laws on public interest violations, by the following channels.

Internet:
www.clean.go.kr (Korean)
Post Address:
Government Complaints Counseling Center, Government Complex - Seoul 209, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03171
Fax:
+82-44-200-7972 [Report Form]
Visit:
You can visit the ACRC office in Seoul or Sejong to submit reports. Our office hours are 9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday.
Government Complaints Counseling Center: Government Complex - Seoul 209, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03171
ACRC main office: Government Complex-Sejong, 20, Doum 5-ro, Sejong 30102

* Reports shall be made in writing (including electronic documents) with the reporting person's personal details along with the evidence in order to prevent irresponsible reporting, false reporting, etc.



[ Handling Procedure ]

Report received by the ACRC
  1. STEP 01
    Reporter
    Public interest whistleblowing
  2. STEP 02
    ACRC
    Receiving & verifying
  3. STEP 03
    ACRC
    Referring & forwarding
  4. STEP 04
    Examination, etc. agencies
    Examining & investigating
  5. STEP 05
    Examination, etc. agencies
    Notifying ACRC of result
  6. STEP 06
    ACRC
    Notifying reporter of result


Report received by examination/investigation agencies
  1. STEP 01
    Reporter
    Public interest whistleblowing
  2. STEP 02
    Examination, etc. agencies
    Receiving & verifying
  3. STEP 03
    Examination, etc. agencies
    Examining & investigating
  4. STEP 04
    Examinationm etc. agencies
    Notifying reporter of result


Report received by a member of the National Assembly or a public institution
Report shall be forwarded to either examination/investigation agencies or to the ACRC. Then it will be handled as the above procedure.


Report received by a representative or employer
Report shall be handled according to its internal handling procedure.