MoH drafting safety standards for cube store products
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Ministry of Health (MoH) is currently in the process of drafting a regulation to ensure that products sold in cube stores comply with safety and hygiene standards.
This was announced yesterday during the 12th Session of the Legislative Council (LegCo) by the Minister of Health, YB Dato Paduka Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi.
In response to a question raised by LegCo member YB Datin Paduka Hjh Zasia Sirin on the roles of the health ministry in monitoring the hygiene and safety of food and medicines sold by shops and cube stores in Brunei, the MoH minister said the ministry, through its Department of Pharmaceutical Services, is currently working with the Attorney General’s Chamber in coming up with hygiene and safety regulations.
YB Dato Paduka Dr Hj Zulkarnain said the new regulation looks to provide a more comprehensive and clear guidelines to proprietors and operators of shops selling products including food, medicines and cosmetics.
He said with the growing popularity of selling products via cube rental shops, the Department of Pharmaceutical Services also makes it their priority to conduct regular inspection to ensure the products are safe for consumption.
The minister added that the ministry through its pharmaceutical department is responsible for regulating the importation and sale of cosmetics products in Brunei in line with the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations, 2007, and any other related legislation and guidelines.
Those involved in the retail of these products, including online retailers, are reminded that it is an offence under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations 2007 to import and market cosmetics products without a Cosmetic Product Notification Acknowledgement Letter.
The health minister said that the new regulation will be able to give customers the confidence in using the products being sold by local businesses.
He added that a dialogue session with all cube shops owner and relevant stakeholders across all districts will be held soon to ensure sellers understand the importance of product safety.
The Brunei Times