|Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS )|
|Korea Pharmaceutical Traders Association (KPTA)|
|Main Supporting Rules|
|Enforcement Decree of Cosmetics Act|
|15 Oct. 2019||Enforcement Rule of Cosmetics Act|
|1 Apr. 2019||Regulation on Safety Standards, etc. for Cosmetics|
|26 Dec. 2018||South Korean Functional Cosmetics Codex （KFCC）（Standards for Testing Methods of Functional Cosmetics）|
South Korean 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), South Korean competent authority which also deals with cosmetic registration issues.
Pursuant to “Cosmetic Act”, cosmetics in South 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)".
|Enforcement Decree||Enforcement Decree of Cosmetics Act||2019-03-14|
Original Mar. 2013
|South Korean Functional Cosmetics Codex（KFCC）(Standards and Testing Methods of Functional Cosmetics)|
|Regulation on the Substantiation of Cosmetic Labeling and Advertisements||2014-02-12|
Orginal Nov. 2012
Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) is South Korea competent authority, which is responsible for formulating cosmetic regulations and registering functional cosmetics
South Korea Pharmaceutical Traders Association (KPTA) is responsible for issuing importing cosmetic approval and supervising cosmetic trading.