- The Food and Drug Administration warned the public against the use of two brand of face masks
- AiDeLai and 3D face masks did not undergo FDA evaluation so the agency cannot ensure that it is safe for public’s use
- As COVID-19 cases in the country continue to go up, authorities are requiring Filipinos to follow health protocols including the use of face masks when going out
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public health warning against two brands of face masks that did not go through its evaluation process.
In separate FDA advisories released on January 8, it said AiDeLai and 3D disposable medical masks are “not notified” and no corresponding Product Notification Certificate has been issued for its use.
Republic Act No. 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009 states that the “manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, non-consumer use, promotion, advertising, or sponsorship of health products without the proper authorization” is prohibited.
Since the products did not undergo FDA evaluation, the agency cannot assure its quality and safety.
FDA also warned establishments against distributing, advertising, and selling the face mask brands until a Product Notification Certificate has been issued “otherwise, regulatory actions and sanctions shall be strictly pursued.”
They also reminded the public to always check if the product is registered under the FDA by checking their website or looking for the FDA registration number on the product label in the form of CMDN-xxx.
“All law enforcement agencies and local government units are requested to ensure that this product is not sold or made available in the market or areas of jurisdiction. The Bureau of Customs is urged to restrain the entry of this unnotified product,” FDA added.
Authorities have imposed the use of face masks in the country in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.