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[Updated] South Korea Revises Cosmetics Precautions Regulation

MFDS adds external genital cleansing product under the body cleansing product category. Its precautions for use are drafted. The Attached Table “Precautions for Use” is re-organized.

On April 27, 2022, South Korea officially modifies the Regulation of Labelling Cosmetics Precautions for Use and Fragrance AllergensThe regulation is effective on June 19, 2022. However, the amendments related to external genital cleansing product will come into effect on December 19, 2022. 

On December 25, 2022, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) unveiled the draft of Regulation of Labelling Cosmetics Precautions for Use and Fragrance Allergens1 to solicit public opinions. The main amendments in the draft include:

1. Expanding Cosmetic Scope

The Draft newly adds external genital cleaning product (외음부 세정제) in the cosmetic category of body cleansing product.

2. Specifying New Precautions for Use

External genital cleaning product's precautions for use are proposed:



Only applicable for external genital. Do not apply it to vagina.

외음부에만 사용하며, 질 내에 사용하지 않도록 할 것

Use the product according to the prescribed method and amount.

정해진 용법과 용량을 잘 지켜 사용할 것 

Children under three years old should not use it.

만 3세 이하의 영유아에게는 사용하지 말 것

Pregnant women are not suggested to use the product. Pregnant women before delivery should not use the product.

임신 중에는 사용하지 않는 것이 바람직하며, 분만 직전의 외음부 주위에는 사용하지 말 것

This product contains propylene glycol. People who are allergic to it should be aware of it. (Applicable to products contains propylene glycol only).

프로필렌 글리콜(Propylene glycol)을 함유하고 있으므로 이 성분에 과민하거나 알레르기 병력이 있는 사람은 신중히 사용할 것(프로필렌 글리콜 함유제품만 표시한다)

3. Re-organizing the Precautions for Use

The draft adds the detailed cosmetic categories in the Attached Table 1 "Precautions for Use". The present Attached Table 1 only contains the precaution for each ingredient.

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