Canadian regulations for cosmetic products

Canadian regulations overview

Canadian regulations are slightly different from the USA but not as strict as the ones in force in the European Union. As an example for comparison, more than 1,700 ingredients are prohibited in the EU whereas only 573 are listed in the Canadian’s Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist.

As defined by the Cosmetic Regulations under the Food and Drugs Act, all cosmetics products sold in Canada must be manufactured, prepared, preserved, packed and stored under sanitary conditions. Manufacturers must submit evidence to establish the safety of the product only upon request from the minister.

All products sold in Canada, must within 10 days, submit a Cosmetic Notification Form (CNF) to Health Canada including product name, function, list of ingredients, etc. In addition and like many countries, all products and raw material should have a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) that gather safety instructions and hazardous ingredients. Find more information in this article: Canadian Regulations for Cosmetic Products at a Glance.

Main regulations and Acts in force in Canada

  • The Cosmetic regulations under The Food and Drugs Act
  • The Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act
  • New Substances Notification (NSN) Regulations
  • Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
  • The Cosmetic Notification Form (CNF)
  • The Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

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