"To break the backbone of spurious cosmetics businesses in Maharashtra, soon after discovering their alarming modus operandi, the state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come up with a proposal to make it mandatory for all retailers selling cosmetic products to have a valid licence for the same. Pending approval, the move would make this state the first in the country to mandate such a norm," reports the Pune Mirror.
- According to FDA officials, the proposal to make changes in the Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1940 — which will also generate revenue for the government - will soon be submitted to the state.
- The proposal will tackle the trend of beauty parlours and salons using cosmetics and then sell the bottles for spurious refills and resale.
- If approved, every small grocery shop, departmental store, medical store, beauty parlour and salon will have to get registered with the FDA and acquire a licence to sell cosmetics.
- Currently, there are some 800 manufacturing units that will come under the ambit of this new rule, and the amendment in the existing act seeks to enlist even the smallest retailer to follow the new regulation.
- As per the proposal, all cosmetic retailers will also have to pay Rs 500 per year as a licence fee to FDA, which is what will increase government revenue.