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The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) of South Korea has published MFDS Notification No. 2018–17 Guidelines for Labelling and Management of Bar Codes for Cosmetics.

This Notice establishes the concept of two-dimensional barcode (data matrix type) and provides a standard barcode for cosmetics. Cosmetic products must contain barcodes that comply with one of the following systems: EAN-13, ITF-14, GS1-128, UPC-A or GS1 DataMatrix (see Table). It must be displayed in a manner that cannot be easily removed or damaged. The font size, color and position are shown in Table 3.

This Notice was enforced on March 15, 2018.

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