While the nation is battling serious insecurity problems and Governors of the States are at loggerheads, the Nigerian Senate is set to regulate the importation, formulation and sales of cosmetics and bleaching creams.
This is coming as the Senate raised concern over the damages cosmetics, especially bleaching creams, have on the citizens.
Senator Remi Tinubu raised the motion during plenary on Tuesday to urge the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC to wake up to its responsibility to protect Nigerians against harmful cosmetics. She expressed concern with the proliferation of small and medium enterprises and businesses that have flooded the Nigerian market with beauty products whose production are not well-regulated. According to her, the products used for skin lightening are not indicating ingredients, or expiry dates to enlighten users of their content, and cautioned that the market be regulated.
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“The Senate is worried that it is impossible to determine that hygiene, quality assurance and good manufacturing practices are adhered to in the formulation of these products,” she said.
Seconding the motion, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani of Enugu East Senatorial District said bleaching cream is especially damaging to the skin and should be regulated to ensure safety of Nigerian consumers. He noted that the advertisers of the products should also be regulated by the relevant regulatory agency because consumers are likely to believe anything they see.
The Senate then resolved to mandate the Senate Committee on Health to investigate the procedures in place for certification on quality and safety of cosmetics, and propose a way forward for accountability. It also directed the NAFDAC to regulate importation, formulation and sale of cosmetics within Nigeria, and maintain a products database, showing name and address of manufacturers, and ingredients list.
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The Senate also directed the agency to commence a sensitisation and awareness campaign on the ills of harmful substances, and work with the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council (FCCPC) towards ensuring the tracking of consumer injury.
v. Direct the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council (FCCPC) to collaborate towards ensuring the tracking of Consumer injury.
— The Nigerian Senate (@NGRSenate) February 16, 2021
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