Watch Group Alerts Consumers on Dangers of Consuming Unregistered Cosmetics

Assorted cosmetic products lacking product notifications and Jiachuntang Ban Gan Jing Qu Ban Shuang, a skin whitening cream with 3,802 parts per million (ppm) mercury. 
A watch group
working for consumer safety against potentially hazardous goods in the marketplace
has alerted the public against patronizing cosmetics that have not gone through
the government’s verification process.
To avoid getting ripped off and to prevent potential side effects, the EcoWaste
Coalition advised consumers to shun health and beauty products that had no prior
product notifications from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).
The group made the advice after procuring from discount stores in Caloocan, Manila,
Pasay and Quezon Cities last week some 80 assorted cosmetic products, mainly
imported from China, which evaded the mandatory notification requirement.  The group brought the samples to the FDA last
Monday, July 25. 
As per Department of Health Administrative Orders 2005-0015 and 2005-0025, the
company or person responsible for placing a cosmetic product in the market
shall notify the FDA before the product is placed in the market in line with
the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD).
According to the FDA, “companies intending to manufacture, import, export,
distribute, sell, offer for sale, transfer, promote and advertise cosmetic
products (must) apply with the agency, prior to carrying out said activities,
for the License to Operate (LTO) as Cosmetic Establishment and for Cosmetic
Product Notification (CPN).”
“The proliferation of unregistered cosmetics in the market in spite of the
repeated warning from the FDA against such illegal act is indeed worrisome,” lamented
 Thony Dizon, Coordinator, EcoWaste
Coalition’s Project Protect.
“Many of these products do not adhere to the standard cosmetic labeling
requirements, depriving consumers of their right to basic information such as
the product ingredients, usage instruction and precautionary warning if any,”
he noted.
“Consumers using non-compliant and low quality cosmetics may be unsuspectingly exposing
themselves to harmful bacterial and chemical contaminants and other impurities that
can damage human health,” he said.
The FDA has warned that “the use of substandard and possibly adulterated
cosmetic products may result to adverse reactions including but not limited to
skin irritation, itchiness and anaphylactic shock.”
“Some of these products may even contain substances that are not allowed or not
in conformity with the restrictions and conditions as laid down by the ACD,” he
pointed out.
For instance, the group found excessive mercury content at 3,802 parts per
million (ppm) in Jiachuntang Ban Gan Jing Qu Ban Shuang, a skin whitening
cream, which is way above the 1 ppm limit for mercury in cosmetics under the
ACD.
To promote regulatory compliance by stores selling cosmetics and personal care
products, the group echoed the FDA’s appeal to the public to assist the agency
in monitoring the market and to report any suspicious promotional or marketing
activities for unnotified cosmetic products.
The group also reiterated the agency’s request to all local government units
and law enforcement agencies to ensure that unnotified cosmetic products are
not sold or made available in their localities or areas of jurisdiction.
Finally, the EcoWaste Coalition urged the government, the industry, the local
government and police authorities and the public to find ways to cut the
availability of unregistered cosmetics in the market to encourage demand
reduction and to protect consumers from unsafe products.
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  1. Peter Carney