Results of laboratory tests conducted by the Pharmacy Section, Department of Scientific Services, Ministry of Health has one type of cosmetic product found to be adulterated with undeclared, potent western medicine. The product, Luffiya Night Kunyit was found to be adulterated with Mercury. Mercury is a potent ingredient that is prohibited in cosmetic products as stipulated in the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations 2007. Its use can have hazardous effects on human health and exposure to mercury can cause skin rashes, memory loss and muscle weakness while high exposures may result in damage to the brain and kidneys.

The Ministry of Health has not issued any approval for the importation for the sale of this product and/or Cosmetic Notification Acknowledgement Letter for the sale of the affected product. Following this finding, the product is not allowed to be imported and sold in Brunei Darussalam. it is an offence under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations, 2007 to import and market cosmetic products in the local market without a Cosmetic Product Notification Acknowledgement Letter issued by the Authority, where the penalty for contravening these regulations upon conviction, is a fine not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or both.

For further information, the public may contact the Compliance and Licensing Section at 2393298 extension 208; send an e-mail to pharmacy.enforcement@moh.gov.bn; OR go directly to the Compliance and Licensing Officer at the Department of Pharmaceutical Services Building, Kg. Madaras, Mukim Gadong A; or contact Talian Darussalam 123.

Source: Radio Television Brunei