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South Korea Implements the Cosmetic Safety Standards: Specifying New Prohibited and Restricted Ingredients

On April 1, 2022, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) unveiled the updated Regulation on Safety Standards, etc. for Cosmetics1. The Regulation designates new prohibited ingredients, specifies new restricted ingredients and their usage limits, and the exemption conditions of using prohibited ingredients. The details are as below:

1. Newly Added Prohibited Ingredients

(1) Perfluorinated Compounds

The following perfluorinated compounds are added to the prohibited ingredient inventory as they are hard to break down.

English name

Korean name

Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid

노나데카플루오로데카노익애씨드

Nickel(II) trifluoroacetate

니켈(Ⅱ)트리플루오로아세테이트

Sodium nonadecafluorodecanoate 

소듐노나데카플루오로데카노에이트

Sodium heptadecafluorononanoate 

소듐헵타데카플루오로노나노에이트

Ammonium nonadecafluorodecanoate

암모늄노나데카플루오로데카노에이트

Ammonium perfluorononanoate

암모늄퍼플루오로노나노에이트

Perfluorononanoic acid

퍼플루오로노나노익애씨드

(2) Persistent Pollutants

The “persistent pollutants” stipulated in the Article 2 (1) of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Control Act2 are prohibited from being added to cosmetic products, as these substances can pose hazards to people and ecosystems.

2. Restricted Ingredients

(1) The preservative of “Benzalkonium Chloride (BKC)” cannot be used in spray-type cosmetics:

Ingredients

Use Limits

Remarks

Benzalkonium chloride, bromide, and saccharinate

(벤잘코늄클로라이드, 브로마이드 및 사카리네이트)

In rinse-off products: 0.1% as Benzalkonium chloride

In other products: 0.05% as Benzalkonium chloride

Benzalkonium Chloride is prohibited in spray-type cosmetics. (Newly added,)

(2) Restricted colorants in hair dye products and their use limits are newly added:

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