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Cosmetic product registration in Canada

Health Canada regulates cosmetics under the Cosmetic Regulations of the Federal Drug Act. Cosmetic products in Canada do not require approval prior to marketing, however they must be notified once they enter the market.

Do I have to register my cosmetic product in Canada?

Yes! Cosmetic products in Canada have to be notified to Health Canada. Unlike the United States’ Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program, Canada’s notification process is not voluntary. While Canada’s notification is not as extensive as the European CPNP system, it is mandatory.

How do I register my cosmetic product in Canada?

Cosmetic products in Canada do not require pre-market approval. However, Health Canada does require that cosmetic products be notified post-marketing. Cosmetic products are notified to Health Canada with the Cosmetic Notification Form (CNF). The CNF is an online form filled out by the manufacturer, a Canadian importer, or a notifier, such as a consultant, acting on behalf of the manufacturer or importer. The CNF provides Health Canada with information about the product, its ingredients, and the manufacturer and distributor.

When do I register my product in Canada?

Cosmetic products are notified post-marketing in Canada. However, the notification must be submitted within 10 days of the product entering the market.

Are there banned ingredients in Canadian cosmetic products?

Health Canada maintains a list of Restricted or Prohibited ingredients for Cosmetic products. The ingredients on this “Hotlist” are either completely banned, or are limited in how they are used. For example, Chloroform is an ingredient that appears on the Prohibited portion of the Hotlist, and is therefore not permitted for use. Glycerin, on the other hand, is on the Restricted portion of the Hotlist, and can be used as long as the manufacturers of any oral or leave-on products containing glycerin ensures the raw material follows the specifications of an accepted pharmacopoeia when it comes to diethylene glycol (DEG) impurities.

In addition, ingredients in Canadian products must be a part of the Domestic Substance List (DSL). Any ingredients that are new to Canada must be notified through a New Substance Notification

Labelling of Cosmetics – Consumer product safety

Cosmetic Notification Form

Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist