The Cosmetic Regulations of the Food and Drugs Act require that cosmetics sold in Canada be manufactured, prepared, preserved, packed and stored under sanitary conditions. In addition, manufacturers must notify Health Canada that they are selling the product and provide a list of its ingredients. This helps ensure that cosmetics sold to consumers in Canada are safe to use and do not pose any health risks.

Manufacturers and importers must complete Cosmetic Notification Forms (CNF) to provide specific product information to Health Canada, including purpose, form, and ingredients of the cosmetic, and concentrations of the ingredients. However, submitting the CNF does not constitute approval for sale, since the product must comply with all regulations. Additionally, manufacturers and importers need to ensure that their cosmetic products do not contain ingredients listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist, which is comprised of prohibited and restricted substances, or substances that are not on the Domestic Substances List (DSL). If a cosmetic does contain an ingredient that is not on the DSL, a company must submit a new substance notification (NSN).

TSG can help

  • Develop and review labels
  • Review ingredients against DSL and hotlist
  • Prepare and submit CNFs
  • Act as a Canadian Agent for foreign companies
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