A resolution to ensure regulation of the formulation and distribution of cosmetics, especially bleaching cream, has been passed by Senators

Senator Remi Tinubu raised the motion during plenary 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 market with beauty products whose production are not well-regulated.

The senator raised concerns that products used for skin lightening are not indicating ingredients, or expiry dates to enlighten users of their content.

“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.

The lawmaker noted that side effects of cosmetic products could be damaging and cautioned that the market be regulated to protect Nigerians.

While seconding the motion, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani said bleaching cream should be regulated to ensure safety of Nigerians.

Lawmakers 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.

They also directed NAFDAC to regulate importation, formulation and sale of cosmetics within Nigeria, and maintain products database, showing name, ingredients used and address of manufacturers.