Cosmetics, Devices and Drugs Regulation Authority (CDDRA) which was the previous authority tasked with regulating cosmetics in Sri Lanka, was replaced by National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) in July this year. Since then, there has been no law in Sri Lanka to regulate cosmetic products. (You may also want to see Gaping Holes in Sri Lankan Cosmetic Regulatory Framework Revealed by Influx of Unregistered Cosmetics )
Prof. Lal Jayakody, Chairman of the NMRA stated that regulation of cosmetics is no longer under their purview. "No cosmetic regulation is currently taking place at all," confirmed Pharmaceutical Chamber President Chandra Jayaratne. "This is a tragedy. Now unregulated cosmetics will fill the market, which will be detrimental to the skin of cosmetic users."
Responsible authorities in Sri Lanka still have no idea of a time frame as to when a Cosmetics Regulatory body would be put in place. NMRA Chairman Jayakody said, “I cannot tell you when it will happen. We have drafted a bill for the Cosmetics Regulatory Authority to be created and have handed it over to the Health Ministry.”The government’s decision to rush through the drug new bill without any cosmetic legislation has been criticized as “irresponsible” in Sri Lanka.
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