Low Cost Technology anti-ageing Compound developed by IIT-Guwahati
The researchers from IIT Guwahati developed a low-cost method to produce anti-ageing compounds. The compound has been developed from a wide range of agricultural resources such as pulses, tea, berries, orange peels, parsley, onion and sea buckthorn.
About the product
The product does not use organic solvents as done by the other commercial industry. This is the main reason for the low cost of the anti-ageing product.
About the Process
The scientists used size-based pressure driven membrane separation process. The extracts of the plants or fruits are passed through fabricated membranes. These membranes are capable of separating selected flavonoids. The retentive part is then fridge dried to get a powdered product. A stimuli responsive smart membrane for selective separation of targete compound has also been synthesized.
Legislation on Cosmetics in India
The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 defines Cosmetics as “a product that is rubbed, sprinkled or sprayed on or applied to human body for beautifying, cleansing, altering the appearance or promoting attractiveness”.
An imported cosmetic product can be sold in the Indian market only if it is approved by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization. This is done online through SUGAM portal. Indian products can also be registered in the portal. The portal is operated by CDSCO under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Cosmetics Regulation in India
The cosmetics in India are regulated by the Drug and Cosmetic Act, 1940. The rule 134 of the act laid down restrictions on use of cosmetics that contains colours, dyes and pigments other than those mentioned by BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards). Rule 135 of the act prohibits the import of cosmetics that contains arsenic and lead compounds. Lead and Arsenic are generally used for colouring purposes. Rule 135A and Rule 145D of the act prevents the manufacturing of cosmetics containing mercury.
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