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Korea Cosmetic Regulations

 COSMETIC DEFINITION

  1. The term “cosmetic” means any item intended to be used by means of spreading, rubbing, spraying on or otherwise applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or brightening the appearance, or maintaining or improving the health of skin and hair, which have light effects on the human body: Provided, that goods constituting medicines shall be excluded.
  1. The term “functional cosmetics” means cosmetics prescribed by Ordinance of the Prime Minister, falling under any of the following:
    1. (a)  Products aiding in the whitening of the skin;
    2. (b)  Products aiding in improving wrinkles in the skin;
    3. (c)  Products aiding in tanning skin gently or protecting skin from ultraviolet rays;
  1. The term “organic cosmetics” means cosmetics manufactured from organic materials, plants and animals, or materials, etc. derived therefrom, which comply with standards prescribed by the Minister of Food and Drug Safety;

PENALTIES

  • Violation of any requirements may have one of the following:
    • Suspend importation and selling products
    • Suspend license for up to one year
    • May have surcharge not exceeding 50 million won