Drive to monitor beauty parlours runs out of steam?

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Cosmetic Devices and Drug Authority (CDDA) said yesterday that inspection of beauty parlors was still underway.

 Chief of the CDDA, Dr. Hemantha Benaragama said that the programme had been initiated in 2011 to monitor the quality of products being sold in the country.

 Dr. Benaragama said that the allergic reaction to a chemical application and the subsequent death of a school teacher at a beauty parlour in Negombo had prompted the Health Ministry to initiate the project. Over 3,000 salons had been inspected during that year and the ministry issued guidelines to beauticians at the time.

He said however that the programme was not being executed with any special urgency, but it was included in the normal routine as the CDDA concentrated more on product quality and their registration with the authority.

The main emphasis of the authority, he insisted, was on pharmaceuticals, and cosmetic devices.

 However the beauty care industry stressed the need for a monitoring mechanism owing to the large number of beauty salons in the country.

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