Very soon cosmetic products will have to abide by strict regulatory medians to assure efficiency and safety. Companies which are introducing novel products will have to present safety data in order to seek approval from the regulator. The cosmetic products will also have to abide by the standards set for packaging as prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and will not make use of any animals for testing purpose.
The drug supervisor has reported cosmetics draft rules which mentions the regulations meant for testing, manufacturing and packaging of cosmetics. This anticipated rules set is also meant for imported cosmetics along with local brands.
Currently, cosmetics are cloaked under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, however there were no rules set for the cosmetics alone and enabling these cosmetic products to frequently circumvent testing and several other regulatory norms. Many of these regulations are particularly meant for pharmaceuticals are not applicable on cosmetics.
The projected regulations are focusing at the ambiguity and importers and manufacturers more responsible for what they are selling. This also shoulders importance since the cosmetics market in escalating in a most rapid manner.
In one way the draft rules have supplies for inspecting the testing as well as the manufacturing facilities, products sampling and seizing of products in case of violation. The system also mentions methods and standards which are to be abided by for testing and packaging.
The cosmetic manufacturers will keep records of product batches along with the raw materials and maintain them for the period of three years. The projected rules will also restrain manufacturers from making misleading and wrong claims. The health ministry has asked the public to comment of the initial draft regulations within the coming 45 days, post which it will be reflected for final notification. Once finalized and acknowledged by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), any desecration will be treated under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.