The National Human Resources Database (NHRDB) is a state-operated system that collects and manages information on candidates for public offices to ensure the selection of individuals for high-ranking positions based on objective data. Since its establishment in 1999, the NHRDB has contributed to ensuring fairness and transparency in government appointments by keeping decision-makers informed of important details and the particular expertise of key figures needed for the government.
- Article 19.3 (Management of Candidates for Public Offices, Etc.) State Public Officials Act (SPOA)
- Presidential Decree on the Gathering and Management of Information for Public Official Candidates
- Ministry of Personnel Management (MPM) Guideline on the NHRDB
People included in the database
- State public officials of Grade 5 or higher and regional public officials of Grade 4 or higher (for women, Grade 5 or higher)
- President/director and/or upper-level management who are subject to the Act on the Management of Public Institutions
- Members of state-operated committees (including advisory committees)
- University faculty (assistant professor or higher), Ph.D. holders, and research staff of research fellows (senior or higher)
- Management of listed companies and/or CEOs of promising SMEs (medium-sized companies, registered venture firms, etc.)
- Holders of professional certifications in diverse fields (lawyer, medical doctor, CPA, etc.)
- Upper-level management (or higher) of key companies, associations, institutions, etc.
- Recipients of the Order of Merit or Medal of Honor for accomplishments in a specific area of expertise (culture and the arts, sports, etc.)
- People who represented Korea in domestic/overseas sporting events and received a medal or achieved medalgrade accomplishments in the given sport
- Individuals deemed necessary for registration in the NHRDB for other reasons