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South Korea to Implement Category Management, Standard and Testing Methods for Cosmetic Colorants

6 colorants that are irritating to the cornea are prohibited from being used in cosmetics applied to or applied in the vicinity of the eyes. Pigment Red 5 is newly added list of colorants permitted in solid soaps. Restrictions on 2 colorants are amended.

On August 29, 2019, South Korea released the amended Guidance on Category Management, Standard and Testing Methods for Cosmetic Colorants [1]. The new guidance will take effect on March 1, 2020 [2]. Cosmetics manufactured or imported in accordance with the previous guidance before March 1, 2020, can be circulated and sold before March 1, 2022.

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