GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
RAJYA SABHA QUESTION NO. 1387 ANSWERED ON 14.03.2017
Chemical in anti bacterial soaps and body wash liquids
Shri Motilal Vora
Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that a chemical, Triclosan, is being added in anti-bacterial soaps and body wash liquids which harms the hormones related to human body activities, sex, thyroid etc. and leads to dryness of skin; and
(b) if so, whether Government would immediately ban the use of the chemical Triclosan and if not, the reasons therefor?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
(SMT. ANUPRIYA PATEL)
(a) & (b): The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has informed that the standards for cosmetics are laid down from time to time by the Bureau of Indian Standards. The Indian Standard IS 4707 (Part 2): 2009 allows Triclosan to be used in cosmetic products with 0.3 percent maximum authorized concentration.
No case of Triclosan causing harmful effects on hormones related to body functions, sex and thyroid of humans have been reported to CDSCO.