October 11, 2017 By: Ben Teoh, Contributing Consultant, Penang, Malaysia
As an update to our 2013 coverage of Korean Cosmetic Regulations, here, author and consultant Ben Teoh provides another look at the current status of cosmetic regulations this region.
The Korean Cosmetics Act stipulates two main categories of products.
Expanded Scope of Cosmetic Functions
Since May 2017, cosmetic functions have expanded beyond the three existing types for skin whitening, wrinkle improvement and UV protection with the conversion of four quasi-drugs to functional cosmetics. These include hair dye products, decolorizing/desalination products, depilatories and hair loss-prevention products.