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South Korea Expands the Functional Cosmetics Exempted from Evaluation

MFDS permited new preparations of the "whiten and anti-wrinkle products" and "hair dye products".

MFDS (Ministry of Food and Drug Safety) disclosed the Standards and Testing Methods of Functional Cosmetics [1] on December 30 2020. The authority approved new preparations of functional cosmetics. By adding these new raw materials, the competent authority intends to enlarge the scope of functional cosmetics exempted from evaluation and ease enterprises' burden.


To register a functional cosmetic in South Korea, the enterprise needs to apply for an evaluation to MFDS, which is complicated and costly. However, for certain cosmetics listed under the Standards and Testing Methods of Functional Cosmetics [2], this evaluation can be exempted. The relevant enterprise can only submit safety and effect reports following Article 10 of Enforcement Rule of the Cosmetics Act [3].

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