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South Korea Revises the Enforcement Rule of Cosmetic Act

MFDS expanded the scope of qualified "responsible sales managers", optimized the education requirements, and permitted the concurrent post of the compounding manager.

On May 14, 2021, MFDS (Ministry of Food and Drug Safety) promulgated the revised Enforcement Rule of Cosmetic Act1. It mainly modified the provisions of custom cosmetics. The main amendments are:

1. Scope Extension of the Qualified Responsible Sales Managers

The new version expands the scope of the qualified "responsible sales managers". It newly permits the "custom cosmetic compounding manager" with one-year experience in cosmetic manufacture and qualify control act as the "responsible sales manager". 

Scope of qualified responsible sales managers (Previous)

Scope of qualified responsible sales managers (Present)

  • Doctors, pharmacists, people with a science bachelor

  • People engaged in cosmetics manufacture and quality control for over two years

  • Doctors, pharmacists, people with a science bachelor

  • People engaged in cosmetics manufacture and quality control for over two years

  • People engaged in cosmetics manufacture and quality control for over one year with a "custom cosmetic compounding managers" certificate

ChemLinked Note

The "responsible sales managers" are indispensable for selling cosmetics in South Korea. They take responsibility for product quality control. Additionally, to conduct the custom cosmetic business, apart from the "responsible sales manager", the company also needed to employ a "custom cosmetics compounding manager" to take charge of the custom cosmetics mixing and subdividing.

After the new law implements, a "custom cosmetics compounding manager" with more than one year's experience in cosmetic manufacture and qualify control can act as a "responsible sales manager". The provision helps enterprises save the workforce and also enhances the value of the people with expertise.

2. Education Requirement

The law optimizes the education requirements. The "responsible sales manager" and "custom cosmetic compounding manager" were required to finish the education courses every year. However, it could be difficult to complete the annual education for the new managers who started to work at the end of the year. Therefore, MFDS changed the relevant provisions. The details are as below: 


Previous

Present

Responsible Sales Manager

  • Shall finish the education courses by the end of the first year working as a responsible sales manager or custom cosmetic compounding manager.

  • Shall finish the education courses in six months for the first year working as a responsible sales manager.

Custom Cosmetic Compounding Manager

  • Can be exempted from the annual education courses in the year being designated as a "responsible sales manager".

3. Concurrent Post of the Compounding Manager

The new law permits the concurrent post of the "custom cosmetic compounding manager" in multiple shops owned by the same sales entity. Previously, one "custom cosmetic compounding manager" could only work in one shop.

4. Other Amendments

Any changes to the registration information are shortened from 15 days to 10 days. Some unclear expressions are modified.

Get more information of custom cosmetics in South Korea: South Korean Custom Cosmetics Regulation

Find out all you need about South Korea cosmetic regulation here

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