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On Dec. 24, 2014, the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) passed Regulation 2014-20, the Regulation on Organic Cosmetics Standards,1 which will go into effect on June 24, 2015. On
its website, the MFDS stated this regulation was passed to: prevent the flood
of incorrect organic products into Korea, provide consumer education,
create criteria for organic products, and ensure a quality supply of organic
products into Korea.
This regulation recognizes four categories of organic ingredients and
two categories of approved processing methods. In addition, it defines other
approved and unapproved elements of organic products, which are defined
and outlined herein.
Four Pillars of Organic Ingredients
The four categories of organic ingredients outlined by the MFDS
include: plant, animal-derived, mineral and certified organic ingredients.
Plant ingredients: This category includes unprocessed plant ingredients
including those of marine (algae) origin, in addition to those processed
using an approved physical or chemical/biological method.
Animal-derived ingredients: Similar to plant ingredients, this category
includes unprocessed animal ingredients such as eggs, milk and milk
proteins, as well as animal by-products made using an approved physical or
chemical/biological processing method. Cells, tissues and organs of animals
are excluded from this category.
Mineral ingredients: Minerals formed naturally by geological processes
or processed using approved physical methods are included in this category,
as well as 84 accepted mineral-derived ingredients processed using a chemical/biological method. These 84 minerals can be found in Appendix I of the
regulation; they include many mineral-derived colorants. Fossil fuels are
excluded from this category.
Certified organic ingredients: This category includes organic agricultural fishery goods processed using an approved physical method and/
or certified organic by a body that follows government standards. Also
included are ingredients certified organic by bodies registered with the
International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM), and
processed using an approved physical method.
Raleigh, N.C., USA
Asia-Pacific Update on
Korean Organic Standards
Korea • organic • plants •
animal-derived ingredients •
minerals • processing •
The new Korean
Regulation on Organic
which goes into effect on
June 24, 2015, has set
forth guidelines for raw
material sourcing and
processing of organic
as outlined here. This
regulation aims to prevent
incorrect organic products
and ensure a quality
supply of organic products
by establishing criteria for