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Vietnam bans antibacterial soaps with triclosan, triclocarbon
Illustrative image (Source: Internet) HCM City (VNA) – The Ministry of Health’s Drug Administration will withdraw registration numbers and stop selling antibacterial soaps on the market if they find them unsafe or if warnings about the soap are issued by international organisations.
The ministry has instructed manufacturers and importers in the country to report about the use of any of 19 ingredients, including triclosan and triclocarbon which the US Food and Drug Administration banned in over-the-counter consumer antiseptic wash products on September 2.
Vietnam is a party to a common agreement on the management of cosmetics in ASEAN countries. A conference to be held in November will discuss the solution for products with these ingredients that are sold in ASEAN countries.
Several domestic manufacturers of washing products have reported that these ingredients were replaced in 2014.
According to a press release from the US FDA, the rule which it issued does not affect consumer hand sanitisers or wipes, or antibacterial products used in health care settings.
“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, Director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”-VNA
Da Nang honors German woman for decade dedicated to helping sick children
Children with congenital heart conditions are treated with equipment sponsored by Heart to Heart in Da Nang. Photo by Da Nang Hospital A German woman has received a medal of gratitude from Da Nang’s government and doctors after spending ten years working to help treat children with heart conditions in the central city. Irene Lejeune, founder of the Heart to Heart non-profit organization, was in Da Nang recently to celebrate the anniversary. Equipment donated by her organization helped set the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
20.1% surge reported in West European tourist arrivals
A year-on-year surge of 20.1 percent was reported in the number of tourists from West European countries visiting Vietnam in the first five months of this year as a result of the 11-month-old visa exemption policy. This is a considerable increase compared to an average growth of 5.35 percent between 2010-2014. The result stemmed from a visa exemption programme launched in July 2015 which granted visa waivers to citizens of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The Vietnam… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnam's 2016 inflation seen picking up, says World Bank
Vietnam's inflation is forecast to pick up to 4.9 percent in 2016, in line with a government target, while increased lending keeps the economy resilient despite a fragile global environment, the World Bank said on Monday. "Inflation is expected to come in just below the official target of 5 percent this year and then moderate next year as administrative price hikes -- which were the main driver of inflation this year -- moderate," the bank said in a report. It forecast year-end inflation… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Việt Nam expected to produce mixed vaccines in coming years
Doctors provide vaccinations for children in Central Highlands Đắk Lắk Province’s Dak Lieng Commune. The country expects to successfully produce six-in-one vaccines this year or in 2018.-VNA /VNS Photo Dương Ngọc Việt Nam already manufactures 11 out of 12 vaccines used in the nationwide expanded free immunisation programme for children, including vaccines against tuberculosis, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, measles, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, Japanese meningitis B, cholera, typhoid… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnam saw many important changes to its laws and regulations in 2016, including some that have an impact on the country’s business environment and the entire society. Many of these changes did not make headlines, but they are important nevertheless. This article highlights several of them, and offers some suggestions to law makers on areas for improvement in 2017. It also tries to provide some useful orientation for businesses to take into consideration in planning for 2017 and… chat_bubble_outline Read More...