Imports of cosmetics and personal care products in Oman subject to safety regulations from August 1


MUSCAT: Thousands of different types of cosmetics and personal care products imported into the Sultanate will be subject to strict control by GCC and Oman standards and specifications from August 1, 2021 – a measure to ensure that all of these products are safe for consumers to use.

As a result, importers of cosmetics and personal care products will be required to submit technical information about their goods when moving their goods through customs, an official from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Commerce said. Promotion of investments (MoCIIP).

This is in line with the implementation of Ministerial Decision No.128 / 2019, which considers the specifications of the Gulf Standard for Safety Requirements in Cosmetics as a mandatory Omani specification in terms of import regulation and guarantee of their safety of use by the consumer in all matters relating to personal care and cosmetics.

Hiba bint Yasser al Mazrouei, a chemical quality control specialist in the ministry’s General Directorate of Standards and Metrology, noted that the new guidelines represent the second step in the roll-out of specifications governing the import of cosmetics and personal care.

The last measure will relate to: All cosmetic and personal care products (other than rinsing products), products to be used on the skin (face, body, hands, feet, etc.) such as creams, emulsions, lotions, jellies / gels, oils and butter serums.

It also includes oral hygiene products, which fall under: various types of toothpastes, mouthwashes and perfumes, as well as cosmetic products for use on the hair (head, face, beard), such as: hair dyes of all kinds, products for curling, straightening and fixing the hair, products for strengthening and reviving the hair such as oils, creams, etc., hair decorating products, hair cleaning products, hair shaping products hair and henna Hair, sun protection products of all kinds, deodorants and antiperspirants.

“In accordance with the regulations and procedures prepared by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment Promotion, represented by the General Directorate of Standards and Metrology, importers must also submit technical documents through the ministry’s platforms for approval some time before the arrival of shipments in order to avoid the challenges of delays at border ports, ”she added.

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