Punjab Caretaker Health Minister Dr Jamal Nasir has ordered a sweeping crackdown on unauthorized individuals administering beauty injections and manufacturing beauty creams.
The action will also expand to unregistered beauty creams, vaccines, and medicines for beautification.
The minister instructed this while addressing a conference of the secretaries of the District Drugs Quality Control Boards of Punjab at a local hotel in Lahore on Friday.
Dr Nasir directed a zero-tolerance policy for individuals administering beauty injections without proper authorization.
He also ordered the officials to ensure checking of legal status of all beauty parlours to ensure they operate under hygienic conditions and adhere to established guidelines.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be developed specifically for beauty parlours, the minister said.
The use of unregistered beauty creams, vaccines, and medicines for whitening and beautification is strictly prohibited, he said, and added that only qualified skin specialists and surgeons will be authorized to administer beauty injections.
Dr Nasir highlighted the dangers of substandard beauty creams, including the risk of cancer.
SOPs will be implemented for cosmetic cream production, and manufacturers who violate regulations will face legal consequences, he warned.
All employees of beauty parlours and hair salons will be required to undergo hepatitis screening.
The minister noted that no exceptions will be made in the enforcement of these regulations.