COSMETIC PRODUCT (PROHIBITION OF BLEACHING AGENTS, ETC.) REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

REGULATION

1. Sale of adulterated cosmetic products

2. Meaning of adulterated cosmetic products

3. Citation

SCHEDULE

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COSMETIC PRODUCT (PROHIBITION OF BLEACHING AGENTS, ETC.) REGULATIONS

[S.1. 20 of 1995.]

under sections 5 and 29

[11th August, 1995]

[Commencement. ]

1.Sale of adulterated cosmetic products

(1) No person shall sell or offer for sale any cosmetic product which is adulterated or which contains any substance which when used according to the directions on the label accompanying the cosmetic product is likely to cause injury to the health of the user.

(2) No person shall manufacture, sell, offer for sale, distribute or cause to be distributed any cosmetic product which contains any of the skin bleaching agents listed in the Schedule to these Regulations.

(3) A person who contravenes the provisions of paragraph (1) or (2) of this regulation is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine of N5,000 or imprisonment for a term of six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.

2.Meaning of adulterated cosmetic products

A cosmetic product shall be regarded as adulterated if it-

(a) contains more than a trace of mercury or any mercury salt which under normal condition of manufacturing practice is unavoidable; or

(b) contains more than a trace of mercury or any mercury salt calculated as the metal or preservative; or

(c) contains hydroquinone; or

(d) bears or contains any poisonous or deleterious substance as to render it injurious to a user under the conditions prescribed in its labelling or under such conditions of use as are customary or usual for the cosmetic product; or

(e) has been prepared, packed or held under insanitary conditions thereby rendering it likely to be injurious to health; or

(f) the container in which it is packed is composed in whole or part of poisonous or deleterious substance which may render the contents injurious to health; or

3.Citation

These Regulations may be cited as the Cosmetic Products (Prohibition of Bleaching Agents, etc.) Regulations.

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SCHEDULE

[Paragraph 1 (2).]

Skin bleaching agents

1. Hydroquinone.

2. Corticosteroids.

3. Mercury and mercury compounds.

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