South Korea to align cosmetics regulation with EU standard

South Korea to align cosmetics regulation with EU standard

South Korea is revisiting its cosmetics safety regulation, according to a report published by Chemical Watch. The country’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety intends to align many of its rules on cosmetics ingredients with the European Union’s legislation.

Allowable concentration limits will be reduced for the more controversial chemicals, including MIT and chlorophene while the list of allowed ingredients in hair dye will be expanded to include seven new substances, including hydroxybenzomorpholine at 1 percent concentration.

The amended regulation also covers face soaps and custom cosmetics as well as banning salicylic acid and IPBC for use in cosmetics marketed at children aged under 13.

The amendments were published in a MFDS administrative notice on July 23, although a date for implementation is yet to be announced.

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