|Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS )|
|Korea Pharmaceutical Traders Association (KPTA)|
|Main Supporting Rules|
|30 May 2017||Enforcement Rule of Cosmetic Act|
|16 Jun 2017||Korea Cosmetic Safety Standard|
|23 May 2017||Standards for Testing Methods of Functional Cosmetics|
Korea’s most important legal foundation for regulation and administration of cosmetics is the “Cosmetic Act”. Numerous other regulations and standards expand upon this to provide a comprehensive framework to manage cosmetics in Korea. These regulations are enacted and executed by Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), the Korean competent authority which also deals with cosmetic registration issues.
Pursuant to “Cosmetic Act”, cosmetics in Korea are divided into two categories: general cosmetics and functional cosmetics. General cosmetics are permitted to be manufactured/imported without registration but are subject to post-market supervision. Functional cosmetics are subject to a complex evaluation and approval procedure by MFDS before marketing. Currently there are 9 types of functional cosmetics.
Before conducting any commercial operations related to cosmetic products, an enterprise should register for the type of cosmetic business. According to “Cosmetic Act”, an enterprise intending to manufacture cosmetics shall be registered as a “manufacturer" while an enterprise that intends to import cosmetics shall be registered as a “Marketing authorization holder (MAH)".
Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) is Korea competent authority, which is responsible for formulating cosmetic regulations and registering functional cosmetics
Korea Pharmaceutical Traders Association (KPTA) is responsible for issuing importing cosmetic approval and supervising cosmetic trading.