Canada - Cosmetics

All cosmetics sold to consumers in Canada must meet the requirements of the Food and Drugs Act to ensure that they are safe to use and do not pose any health risk. 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.

TSG’s consultants assist companies with cosmetic notification form (CNF) submissions, which are necessary for all cosmetics sold in Canada. A completed CNF provides 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. Our experts help companies submit notifications that meet the requirements as outlined in the Food and Drugs Act and Cosmetics Regulations to quickly and efficiently bring a product to market.

TSG’s regulatory specialists also check ingredients against the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist, which is comprised of prohibited and restricted substances. If a cosmetic contains an ingredient on the Hotlist, we will advise on the various options available and guide our clients through the process. In addition, our consultants check ingredients against the Domestic Substances List (DSL). If an ingredient is not on the DSL, it then qualifies as a new substance and companies must submit a new substance notification (NSN). We help companies go through the notification process in order to comply with the New Substance Notification Regulations (NSNR).

TSG’s cosmetic team specializes in label compliance issues, and routinely checks ingredients against the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI). The INCI system is the official dictionary for cosmetic ingredients, and companies intending to sell cosmetics need to use the official INCI name of the ingredients on the label. TSG provides this as an independent service or as part of the process needed to bring a cosmetic product to market.