Korea prohibits the use of microbeads with diameter less than 5mm in cosmetics (especially cleansing products) since July 1st 2017.
According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), 22 plastic components are excluded from the scope of microbead. However, Korea requires imported cosmetics containing these 22 components to submit a notification report to KPTA for assessment during customs clearance.
UNEP 22 components
Poly (butylene terephthalate)
Poly (ethylene isoterephthalata Te)
Poly (ethylene terephthalate)
Poly (methyl methylacrylate)
Poly (pentaerythrityl terephthalate)
Poly (propylene terephthalat)
Allystearate/vinyl acetate copolymers
Ethylene propylene/styrene copolymer
Ethylene ethylene/ acrylate copolymer
Butylene/ ethylene/styrene copolymer
Styrene acrylates copolymer
Trimethylsiloxysilicate (silicone resin)
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