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South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has enforced Food and Drug Safety Notice 2017–3, 2017.1.11., Regulations on safety standards for cosmetics — Some amendments.  

This regulation specifies prohibitions and limits on the use of several raw materials in cosmetic products. This notification sets limits for the following: 

  • Heavy metals 
  • Microorganisms 

The notification also sets specific requirements for: 

  • Products for young children and infants 
  • Shaving products 
  • Basic cosmetic products 
  • Functional cosmetics 
  • Permanent wave and hair straightener products 

Enforcement began on July 1, 2017.  



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