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South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has proposed amendments to the Regulation on Safety Standards etc. of Cosmetics.

The amendment includes the following:

  • Prohibit the use of certain chemicals in cosmetics 
    • Nitromethane, atranol, chloroatranol, hydroxyisohexyl 3‑cyclohexene carboxaldehyde (HICC), methylene glycol
    • Chemicals that are designated as ‘prohibited substances’ under the Article 2(9) of the Act on Registration, Evaluation, etc. of Chemicals
  • Adopt the measures restricting the use of preservatives 
    • Lower the limit values of 4 preservatives
    • Prohibit the use of sodium lauryl sarcosinate in products that contain amines or amides
  • Improve testing methods for ensuring safety in cosmetics: Methanol testing and Microbiological testing
  • Clarify or modify terms in the regulation

The amendment is open for comments until December 29, 2018.