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South Korean Cosmetic Authorities Reinforce Market Access Prerequisites

  •   25 Feb 2019
  •    Hedy He
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    South Korea newly requires submission of a report detailing a comprehensive list of all raw materials used in the cosmetic manufacturing process before all distribution and sales activities.

    On Feb 19th and 20th, 2019, South Korea released 2 draft regulations, which are Regulation for Enforcement of Consumer Cosmetics Safety Control Supervisors1 and amendments to Regulation on Track Records of Manufacture or Importation and List of Cosmetics Raw Materials2. Any suggestions or comments can be sent to us at (cosmetic@chemlinked.com) before Mar 1, 2019.

    1. Amendments to Regulation on Track Records of Manufacture or Importation and List of Cosmetic Raw Materials

    The original Regulation on Track Records of Manufacture or Importation and List of Cosmetic Raw Materials stipulates that a cosmetics seller shall report data, such as a track record of manufacturing or importing cosmetics and a list of raw materials used in the process of manufacturing cosmetics, to the Minister of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS). The Amendment, effective on Mar.13th, 2019, stipulates that the report detailing the list of raw materials shall be submitted to authorities before distribution and sales of cosmetics. The report should also detail if the cosmetics are to be sold in South Korea or exported to other countries.

    Transitional measures for this amendment are: Cosmetics which have been distributed or sold on the market before Mar. 13, 2019, but have not submitted the report on a list of raw materials, shall submit the report retroactively within 1 year after the enforcement of the amendments.

    2. Regulation for Enforcement of Consumer Cosmetics Safety Control Supervisors

    Consumer cosmetics safety control supervisors are newly set in No.15488 Cosmetics Act. MFDS or local FDA can assign a person recommended by the cosmetic association or consumer group with expertise about cosmetic safety management as cosmetic safety management supervisor. This draft regulation, effective on Mar.14th, 2019, includes the appointment procedures, education, subsidy assistance, etc. of consumer cosmetics safety supervisors.

    The duties of consumer cosmetics safety control supervisors shall be as follows:

    1. Submitting a report or providing related data to the competent administrative agency, where cosmetics in circulation fail to meet labelling standards;

    2. Supporting the entrance, inspection, questioning, collection by the relevant public officials;

    3. Other matters concerning cosmetics safety control, prescribed by Ordinance of the Prime Minister.

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