Knowledge and Practice of Beauty Salon Owners towards Notification of Cosmetics: Findings from the State of Sarawak, Malaysia

    Published on:October 2018
    Journal of Young Pharmacists, 2018; 10(4):456-459
    Original Article | doi:10.5530/jyp.2018.10.99

    Chuo Yew Ting1,2, Shing Chyi Loo1,*, Eng Chun Tee1, Wei Chern Ang3, Jessie Tnay2, Hiram Ting4,5, Abu Hassan Alshaari Abd Jabar6, Shahren Ahmad Zaidi Adruce2

    1Pharmacy Enforcement Division, Sarawak State Health Department, Jalan Diplomatik, Off Jalan Bako, 93050 Sarawak, MALAYSIA.

    2Institute of Borneo Studies, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Jalan Dato Mohd Musa, 94300, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, MALAYSIA.

    3Clinical Research Centre, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Hospital Tuanku Fauziah Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, 01000 Kangar, Perlis, MALAYSIA.

    4Sarawak Research Society, Kuching, Sarawak, MALAYSIA.

    5Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management, UCSI University, MALAYSIA.

    6Pharmaceutical Services Division, Sarawak State Health Department Jalan Diplomatik, Off Jalan Bako, 93050, Sarawak MALAYSIA.


    Background: Malaysia Ministry of Health regulates all cosmetics in the market through notification of cosmetics (NOC) under the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984. This study investigated the knowledge and practice of beauty salon owners (BSO) towards the NOCs. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among the beauty salons (BS) located in the four major cities of Sarawak (Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri) from 13th March to 31th May 2016. Due to no exhaustive list of BS in Sarawak existed, a total of 58 BS that met the selection criteria were identified through Google search engine with key terms. A structured questionnaire was self-administered to measure the knowledge and practice of BSO towards the NOC. Results: A total of 31 (53.4%) BSO agreed to participate in the study. Among them, 73% knew that every cosmetic in Malaysia needed to have notification number issued by the Ministry. Interestingly, only 19.4% of them knew what the notification number looked like, and almost none of them (96.8%) knew how to apply for it. Moreover, only 6.45% of them applied notification number whenever they imported cosmetics. Conclusion: These findings provided valuable insights to the relevant authorities about the extant knowledge and practical gap of BSO towards NOC.

    Key words: Cosmetic, Regulation, Beauty Salon Owner, Knowledge, Practice. 

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