COSMETIC PRODUCTS FOUND ADULTERATED
The Ministry of Health would like to alert members of the public to TWO cosmetic products, which have been tested by the Pharmacy Section, Department of Scientific Services, Ministry of Health and found to be adulterated with undeclared potent western medicine.
The affected cosmetic products are listed below:
|No.||Name of product||Manufacturer||Adulterated with|
|1. ||BRILLIANT SKIN ESSENTIALS – REJUVENATING FACIAL TONER||BRILLIANT SKIN ESSENTIALS, PHILIPPINES||HYDROQUINONE AND TRETINOIN|
|2. ||BRILLIANT SKIN ESSENTIALS – REJUVENATING CREAM||BRILLIANT SKIN ESSENTIALS, PHILIPPINES||HYDROQUINONE AND TRETINOIN|
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The adulterants found in these products can cause adverse effects that are potentially hazardous to the people using them.
Both Hydroquinone and Tretinoin are potent ingredients used in western prescription medicines to treat skin conditions and is prohibited in skincare cosmetic products under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations, 2007.
The unsupervised use of Hydroquinone may cause skin hypersensitivity, skin discolouration resulting in gradual darkening of the affected skin area and an increased risk of skin cancer.
The inappropriate use of Tretinoin could lead to redness, peeling and scarring of the skin.
The Ministry of Health has not issued any approval for the importation and/or Cosmetic Notification Acknowledgement Letter for the sale of these products. Following these findings, these products are not allowed to be imported and sold in Brunei Darussalam.
Members of the public who have purchased or used these products are advised to stop using them immediately. They should also consult a medical practitioner if they feel unwell or experience any undesirable reactions as a result of using them.
Members of the public involved in the retail of these products (including online retail such as through Facebook, etc.) are hereby reminded that it is an offence under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations, 2007 to import and market cosmetic products in the local market without a Cosmetic Product Notification Acknowledgement Letter issued by the Authority, where the penalty for contravening these regulations upon conviction, is a fine not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.
The Ministry of Health would also like to call upon the public for their cooperation to report to the Compliance and Licensing Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services if these products are still found on the market in this country.
For further information and communication, the public may contact the Compliance and Licensing Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services, Brunei Darussalam at 2392398 / 2393301 / 2393230 Ext 208, send an e-mail to email@example.com or go directly to Pharmacy Compliance and Licensing Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services Building, Spg 433, Rimba Highway, Kg Madaras, Mukim Gadong 'A'; or call the Talian Darussalam at 123.
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Reference : KK/PR/3
Date : 8 August 2018 /26 Zulkaedah 1439H