Many Canadians use cosmetics as part of their daily routine. Cosmetics include products like shampoo, soap, moisturizers, deodorant, perfume and make-up. Our goal is to make sure the cosmetic products you use are safe and that you know how to use them properly. Health Canada is responsible to ensure safety of cosmetics and regulatory bodies are much more implicated then previous years.

In order to sell cosmetics in Canada your need to follow these regulatory rules:

1. Cosmetic Advertising Labelling and Ingredients: Claims on a label or in an ad for what a cosmetic can do must be accurate so they do not mislead people. Therapeutic claims are only allowed on drugs or natural health products, not on cosmetic products. Therefore, if a cosmetic product mentions that it can cure your skin disease, it can eventually be removed from the market.

The labelling of cosmetic ingredients helps Canadians make more informed decisions about the cosmetics they use, since they are able to easily identify ingredients they may be sensitive to.

Mandatory ingredient labelling using the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) system also lets doctors refer to one common name for the purpose of treatment and incidence reporting.

Only ingredients that do not present an unreasonable health and safety risk to Canadians, when used according to directions, are allowed in cosmetic products. Health Canada maintains a Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist, which lists ingredients that are either prohibited or restricted in cosmetic products.

2. Supply information to Health Canada: You need to supply to health canada the list of ingredients for your product. This list is then checked by the health authorities in order to verify if there is unsafe ingredients.

3.Manufacturing with Good Practices: Cosmetics sold in Canada must be manufactured, prepared, preserved, packed and stored under sanitary conditions.

Health Canada regulates cosmetics under the  Food and Drugs Act and Cosmetic Regulations, to make sure they are safe to use and to reduce health risks to Canadians.

It’s always a good idea to buy a product manufactured in Canada. First, most of the cosmetic manufacturing facilities are certified GMP’s. This is important since good pharmaceutical practice are important to ensure consistancy and safety of the product.  In order to meet these safety and quality requirements, Health Canada encourages all cosmetic manufacturers to adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). GMPs are manufacturing guidelines which are used to ensure product quality control and an effective approach to risk management. These guidelines set out standards for product manufacturing, testing, storage, handling and distribution, to ensure that each step of manufacturing is acceptable for quality and safety of the product.