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EXPORTING COSMETICS TO KOREA
THE KEYS TO THE SOUTH KOREAN MARKET

Cosmetics in South Korea

South Korea is one of the world's fastest growing market for cosmetics and its regulatory requirements are very different from other countries.

One of the particularities in Korea is that it relies on 3 categories of products that can be classified as cosmetic in Europe, which are

  • 1) general cosmetics
  • 2) functional cosmetics
  • 3) quasi-drugs.


Compliance processes may differ depending on the category in which your product falls into. Whereas limited documentation will have to be sent for cosmetics, data on efficacy, safety and specifications will be asked for registration of functional cosmetics. As for the registration of quasi-drugs, every aspect of the product will be evaluated by the MFDS; the process takes 3 months minimum but can be much longer.

Another requirement is that you must comply with Korean government authority (MFDS-Ministry of Food and Drug Safety) and confirm whether your products follow their cosmetics regulation.

 

AGENDA

  • What are the differences between cosmetics, functional cosmetics and quasi drugs?
  • What is the general procedure for each product type?
  • What are the key steps to successful registration?

 

 

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Sunmi SHIN
Director - Korean office

Sunmi Shin graduated from both the Chung-And University in South Korea and the Paris Descartes University, in France. She has been the Managing Director of EcoMundo’s Korean branch since its creation. 

 
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