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South Korea Enacts the Requirements for Custom Cosmetics Sales Business

The regulation stipulates the prohibited cosmetics contents and operational requirements for custom cosmetics retail business.

South Korea introduced the world's first legislation of custom cosmetics. After issuing the regulations on registration, ingredient compliance, MFDS disclosed the Requirements for Custom Cosmetics Sales Business [1] on October 29.

Present Regulations of Custom Cosmetics (enforcement date: March 14, 2020)

Business Registration: Article 3-2 of Cosmetics Act [2]

Compounding Managers Qualification: Article 3-4 of Cosmetics Act [2]

Ingredient Requirements: Article 5 of Regulation on Safety Standards,etc. for Cosmetics [3] 

Custom cosmetics are blended or dispensed by a compounding manager at the business place, which is different from a traditional cosmetics product manufactured in factories. It is essential to reinforce the safety management on the manufacturing process at the stores. This regulation specifies the requirements to which the custom cosmetics sales businesses must adhere.

The main contents are as following:

1. Prohibited Scope of Custom Cosmetics

Custom cosmetics must not involve the following:

  • Manufactured or imported cosmetics for distribution or sale;

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