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  •   6 Jun 2017
  •    Jo Zhou
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    Korea is among the most lucrative cosmetic market which attracts quantity of cosmetic products importing in . Korea Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) regulates cosmetics by issueing basic "Cosmetic Act".  To enter Korea market, cosmetics enterprises have to undergo several registration process. To see general cosmetic regulation compliance in Korea, please visit: Cosmepedia:Korea Cosmetic Regulation

    Latest Regulation Updates


    Expanding Functional Cosmetic Scope might be the most significant change for the first half year of 2017 in Korea cosmetic industry. Implemented on 30th May, 2017, the new categorization system designated 4 quasi-drugs as functional cosmetics, details see below:

    Korea Expands the Scope of Functional Cosmetics

    In line with the main categorization system revision, several supplementary regulations and requirements are simultaneously amended.

    Among them, revising "Cosmetic Safety Standard" is an evident movement. "Cosmetic Safety Standard" specifies standards for all ingredients used in cosmetics. In the new revision, it amended ingredients requirements relating to 4 newly designated functional cosmetics, details see:

    Korea Revised Ingredients Standard for Newly Designated Functional Cosmetics


    Accordingly, testing requirements on these 4 new functional cosmetics should be amended because they are subject to the new category, this news explain how testing methods for these 4 groups are changed:

    Korea Refines Testing Method regarding to Functional Cosmetics


    Then for getting market entry approval, these 4 functional cosmetics confront different technical review process and dossiers requirements comparing with previous experience as quasi drugs, you may see:

    Korea Revises Functional Cosmetic Technical Review and Dossiers Submission Requirements


    MFDS also banned 11 ingredients in "Cosmetic Safety Standard" relateing newly added functional cosmetics:

    Korea Banned 11 Ingredients Relating to Functional Cosmetics

    Expert In-depth Explanation

    If you learned well from above information and make up your mind to export cosmetics to Korea, you may have a desire to listen to the webinar, where Expert Tiger Kim with 29 years of experience in Korea cosmetic regulatoin field will introduce further internal information and explain details that you may confront in practice. you can purchase slides, recording and Q&A of the webinar by clicking:

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    Dear Jo, Can you help me check whether oral care products are covered under the definition of cosmetics in Korea? Thanks!
    Thursday, 8 June 2017