The country has been working with the group Cruelty Free International, an organization that advocates for nations to adopt cosmetics testing bans. The plan follows in the footsteps of the European Union, which began a similar effort in 2004 with a ban on animal testing for finished cosmetic products and in 2013, the EU enacted a complete ban. South Korea joins China, India, Israel, Norway and Brazil, all of which have made similar efforts to end animal testing for cosmetics recently.
But some countries, including the U.S., are lagging behind, with products like perfume, skin cream, lipstick, nail polish still being tested on animals.
"We will now be urging implementation as soon as possible so that the full ban can be achieved at the earliest possible date, bringing Korea into line with Europe and India," Michelle Thew, chief executive of Cruelty Free International, said in a release. "We hope to see this echoed in 2015 by other Asian countries where we are active. This is a great start to the New Year."