1. Home
  2. News

Korea Bans Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics

  •   4 Jul 2017
  •    Jo Zhou
  •  3187
  •   Post a comment

    Takehome:

    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

    No.

    Component

    1.

    Polyethylene

    2.

    Polypropylene

    3.

    Polystyrene

    4.

    Nylon-12(polyamide-12)

    5.

    Nylon-6

    6.

    Poly (butylene terephthalate)

    7.

    Poly (ethylene isoterephthalata Te)

    8.

    Poly (ethylene terephthalate)

    9.

    Poly (methyl methylacrylate)

    10.

    Poly (pentaerythrityl terephthalate)

    11

    Poly (propylene terephthalat)

    12.

    Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon)

    13.

    Polyurethane

    14.

    Polyacrylate

    15.

    Acrylates

    16.

    Copolymer

    17.

    Allystearate/vinyl acetate copolymers

    18.

    Ethylene propylene/styrene copolymer

    19.

    Ethylene ethylene/ acrylate copolymer

    20.

    Butylene/ ethylene/styrene copolymer

    21.

    Styrene acrylates copolymer

    22.

    Trimethylsiloxysilicate (silicone resin)

     

    You are a visitor, Please login.

    Share this:

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    ChemLinked Editor

    COPYRIGHT: You may circulate web links to the web and contents, but they are intended for your personal, non-commercial use only. For other use of any materials, you can contact with cleditor@reach24h.com to seek consent. Find out more about our copyright policy here.
    CORRECTIONS: we do our best to provide you with accurate information. However sometimes errors slip under the radar. If you notice any errors contact us on: cleditor@reach24h.com
    Content sharing or co-authoring: just send messages to our editor team.

    Comments


    Can you provide a reference for your statement of UNEP's 22 exempted plastic components?
    Wednesday, 12 July 2017
    Dear Sahara Bailey, the reference is a PDF from Korea authority,but is in Korean language. If you are still interested in, we can send you that file by email.
    Thursday, 13 July 2017
    Hi Jo, Would you please confirm that Korea still allows the use of 22 plastic components in the cosmetics as long as they are not microbeads (diameter >= 5mm)? Thank you in advance. regards Roy Lu
    Thursday, 13 July 2017
    It is not accurate to say that ALLOW to use 22 plastic components (>=5mm), the news is saying that micro beads less than 5mm will be definitely banned from July 2018, but if imported products containing UNEP 22 components which listed in the article, enterprises should provide notification report to KPTA for assessing if these microbeads are less than 5mm. If the components are bigger than 5mm, the product has the chance be permitted to import into Korea.
    Friday, 14 July 2017
    Dear, 1) As you mentioned 22 plastic components are excluded from the scope of microbead as per UNEP publication, could you share me the publication? 2) Could you also share me the Korea notification requiring cosmetics containing 22 plastic components to be reported to KPTA? Thanks in advance!
    Tuesday, 26 June 2018
    Dear Susan, thanks for your comment. On your first question, sorry for the error. I searched data from a lot of sources, all indicating that these 22 ingredients listing in this news are included in the scope of microbeads. On your second question, I think in this news Jo wants to express that any imported cosmetics containing these 22 components shall submit a notification report to KPTA for assessing if these microbeads are less than 5mm. If the components are less than 5mm, the product won’t be allowed to import into Korea. And because this news has been released for one year, and there are some language barrier, I only found the announcement Korean MFDS released in 2016 to ban the microbeads, but is in Korean language. If you are still interested in, we can send you that file by email. Hope you can understand.
    Thursday, 12 July 2018