MoCIIP confirms ban on beauty products containing ‘Lilial’ substance

Muscat – The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion has, in cooperation with the Consumer Protection Authority, announced the ban on cosmetics and personal care products containing butylphenyl methylpropional (Lilial) in the local markets, as evidence and studies have proven that this substance is a carcinogen and toxic substance that causes allergic reactions in the skin. 

Shaima bint Khamis Al Balushi, a chemical products quality control specialist at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, said, “The substance Butylphenyl Methylpropional, known by the trade name Lilial, is an industrial aromatic aldehyde used in cosmetics, personal care products, washing powders, detergents and air fresheners.”

According to the European Regulation for Cosmetics and Personal Care Products (EC No. 1223/2009) Lilial was banned in cosmetics and personal care products as of March 1, 2022, as it was classified by the European Chemicals Agency as carcinogenic, toxic, or mutagenic in terms of reproduction. 

Hilal bin Saud Al-Ismaili, Director of the Market Regulation and Control Department at the Consumer Protection Authority, stated that the Authority had issued a circular to suppliers who trade these products, through the media and through visits of judicial control officers, by alerting workers to remove these products from the shelves and coordinate with suppliers to withdraw them from the markets. Inspection campaigns have also been implemented in various governorates of the Sultanate of Oman to ensure that the markets are free from this substance; all measures have been taken against the violating products.

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