Six months following Oman’s Ministerial Decision 128/2019, the Sultanate will start implementing the Gulf Standard Specification (GSS) for safety requirements in cosmetics and personal care products at the end of January 2020. This was announced recently by Oman’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
“The issuance of the decision came due to the increasing manufacture, import and sale of cosmetics and personal care products recently, and to provide safe products for human health and adequate safety when using the cosmetic product under normal and reasonable conditions. In addition, (the decision) to reach the harmonization of common Gulf markets,” said Shaimaa Khamis Al Balushi, a quality control specialist for chemical products in the Directorate General of Standards and Metrology at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The GSS deals with the requirements and standards of public safety, including cosmetics and personal care products. Al Balushi explained that the products must be free of pork derivatives, free of any decomposed materials and must be homogeneous and stable, and its compound’s specifications should not be variable during its expiry period when stored and used in accordance with the instructions.
Additionally, Al Balushi added that the GSS includes packaging requirements. Demonstration data should be available on the packs of all cosmetics and personal care products, and must include an illustrative list of products subject to this standard.
Al Balushi noted that the GSS also stresses how the lists of colored materials, preservatives and UV filters that are allowed to be added in cosmetics and personal care products shall be indicated by the manufacturer, in accordance to the conditions of the GSS.
Directorate General of Standards and Metrology at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry urges the production and import companies for cosmetics and personal care products to abide by the standard specifications, and to visit the GCC Standardization Organization website for more details.