Law to monitor beauty centres under consideration — Liow


THE Health Ministry is mulling over the possibility to have a law that will enable it to monitor activities at beauty centres and act against any misconducts.

Its minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said at present, there was no laws that allow the ministry to act against beauty centres carrying activities beyond their scopes of practice, such as giving cosmetic injections, which only a qualified doctor can perform.

“Today’s beauticians are not regulated, the ministry is looking into the possibility to formulate a new law to monitor these beauticians and therapists.

“When they carry out activities beyond their scopes of practice, they are committing a crime. We will discuss further to ensure effective enforcement,” he said in reply to Senator Noriah Mahat in the Dewan Negara sitting Monday.

Meanwhile, Liow said the Pharmacy bill which combined the Poison Act 1952, Drugs Sale Act 1952, and Medicines (Advertisement and Sale) Act 1956 would be tabled in parliament next year.

The bill would give the ministry more power to curb the excessive supply of unregistered and imitation medicines and cosmetic products in the country. — Bernama