Cosmetic Regulations Services for Canada
Canada cosmetic regulations are regulated by Health Canada, a federal institution that helps to maintain and standardize the health of Canadian citizens.
Cosmetic Regulations Services for Canada
Similar to the FDA in the United States, Health Canada oversees cosmetics manufacturing and distribution under the Food and Drug Act and Cosmetic Regulation Laws. Many of the regulations may look similar to the requirements of the FDA, but there are a few key differences in content and procedure that manufacturers looking to sell in both the U.S. and Canada must make note of.
Cosmereg can assist you with all of Canadian’s cosmetic regulations and requirements, whether you’re manufacturing in Canada or importing products into Canada.
Canada Classification and Regulation
The Food and Drugs Act in Canada considers cosmetics to be personal care products, and includes products that are used for cleaning, improving, or altering your complexion, skin, hair, or teeth. Because of this classification, deodorants and perfumes are considered cosmetics. Anything beauty product that is professionally made falls under cosmetic regulation, as do handmade products sold at home based or small businesses and products distributed in bulk for institutions, such as soaps.
Canada’s Cosmetic Regulations law also supplies detailed requirements for the production, distribution and sale of cosmetic products, including rules for labelling, storage, and requisites for some ingredients. Our team can help you interpret these laws and make sure your products follow the Canadian laws.
Some items have properties of cosmetics and drug products. When this is the case, they receive their own classification: Product at the Cosmetic-Drug Interface. Some categories of PCDI’s are natural health products and medicinal items with the intention of influencing the internal processes of the human body. Because the products are on the line between cosmetics and drugs, they are considered separate from personal care products and fall under the jurisdiction of the Natural Health Product Regulations. Cosmereg will help you determine which products fit into this category so that you can still sell them in Canada.
Canadian regulations are created based on the risk a product has for customers. This applies to products other than cosmetics, too. The purpose of risk assessment is to prevent products from harming customers when used as intended. Since cosmetics have such close and intimate contact with users, all cosmetic products undergo risk assessment during production and distribution.
Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Program is in place to make sure that products will not cause damage when used as instructed and intended on the label. The assessment also takes into consideration any injury or consequences that may occur when the product is used in an unintended manner, and how severe those consequences might be. Here at Cosmereg, we will help you label your products correctly in accordance to these safety concerns.
Ingredients and Labelling
According to Canada’s Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist, certain ingredients are prohibited from being used in cosmetics sold in Canada. Our Cosmereg team can help you make sure you are not including any of these ingredients in your products. We will help you determine which ingredients need to be eliminated, and which are safe to use.
And, Labels in Canada must clearly and specifically list all the ingredients used in the product. They must be clear and consistent, and reflect the established standards. In some cases, such as botanical ingredients, there is an additional category on the label for compounds. The label must establish if the product can cause injury to the human body. The label must be in both English and French when not using terms applied by the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. Cosmereg is equipped to help you list all the ingredients properly and according to the law.
Notification, Inspection, and Enforcement
Any manufacturer intending to sell cosmetics in Canada must inform Health Canada within ten days of the first sale by submitting a Cosmetic Notification form. This includes both domestic and foreign manufacturers. If changes are made to the product, the manufacturer must re-inform Health Canada. The team at Cosmereg can help you properly complete this form and make sure a list of all ingredients in each product is included.
In addition to the official notification, Health Canada can conduct regular inspections of the products sold to ensure that they are compliant with the law. When products don’t comply, Health Canada will work with the manufacturer to ensure the problem gets fixed. Any product that does not meet the proper conditions may be prohibited from being sold. At Cosmereg, we are able to help you solve any problems with your cosmetics so they will comply with regulations in the future and you can continue to sell.
Packaging and Storage
Packaging and storage of cosmetics in Canada must be done under sanitary conditions, according to the Cosmetic Regulations and the Food and Drugs Act. Materials used to manufacture cosmetics must meet cleanliness and safety standards of Health Canada. The Food and Drugs Act and the Cosmetics Regulations law have requirements in place to keep items from being tainted while in storage spaces. Our team can help verify specific requirements and provide assistance with these laws.
Any cosmetics imported into Canada to be sold will be inspected for adherence to Canadian regulations. Manufacturers must allow the product to be reviewed, including both the ingredients and the manufacturing procedures. If a product needs relabelling or modification, it must be done within three months of importation to be sold. Cosmereg will help you re-label your products when necessary and determine how to go about altering the product for sale in Canada.
How are cosmetics regulated in Canada?
Cosmetics in Canada are regulated according to the Cosmetic Regulations and the Food and Drugs Act. This states that any cosmetics distributed in Canada must be manufactured, packed and stored under hygienic conditions. It is the responsibility of both the manufacturer and the distributer to notify Health Canada of the sale of the product, along with a list of its ingredients.
What is a CNF?
CNF stands for Cosmetic Notification Form. This is the way in which those who produce or sell cosmetic products must notify Health Canada of their sale. According to Section 30 of the Cosmetic Regulations, Health Canada must be notified within 10 days of the first sale of a cosmetic product in Canada. Failure to notify Health Canada may result in a product being denied entry into Canada or removed from sale.
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