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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns the public from purchasing and using the adulterated cosmetic product VIBRANT SKIN GLOWING TONER WITH AHA-BHA-PHA COMPLEX which tested positive for the presence of HYDROQUINONE as reported in the ASEAN Post-Marketing Alert System (PMAS). This ingredient is not allowed to be part of a cosmetic product as per ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD).

The aforementioned product has been tested by the Department of Pharmaceutical Services, Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam, as part of their post-marketing surveillance activities and results of the laboratory analyses show that the aforementioned product is not compliant with the technical standards set forth by the ACD.

Hydroquinone is not allowed to be part of cosmetic product as these are classified as drug products in the Philippines because of their multiple serious adverse effects, such as sensitivity to light, skin redness and permanent skin discoloration, when used indiscriminately.

In light of the foregoing, the public is advised not to purchase the aforementioned adulterated cosmetic product. Always check if a product is notified with the FDA by using the FDA Verification Portal feature accessible at which may be used by typing in the name of the product before the purchase and/or using the cosmetic products.

All concerned establishments are warned not to distribute adulterated cosmetic products.

All FDA Regional Field Offices and Regulatory Enforcement Units, in coordination with law enforcement agencies and Local Government Units, are requested to ensure that violative products are not sold or made available in the market or areas of their jurisdiction.

To report any sale, distribution, complaint and/or adverse event on the use of the violative cosmetic product, the online reporting facility, eReport can be accessed at [email protected], or call us at the Center for Cosmetics and Household/Urban Hazardous Substances Regulation and Research (CCHUHSRR) hotline (02) 8857-1900 loc. 8113 or 8107.

Dissemination of this advisory to all concerned is hereby requested.