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Animal Grooming Products Will No Longer Be Classified As Cosmetics in Canada
(June 2011)

Health Canada set new regulation standards for animal grooming products by making them subject to the Canada Consumer Products Safety Act and the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001.

Health Canada has recently determined that animal grooming products will no longer be classified as cosmetics under the Food and Drugs Act and Cosmetic Regulations.  The new regulation became effective on June 20, 2011, making these types of products subject to the Canada Consumer Products Safety Act (CCPSA) and the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 (CCCR, 2001), depending on the product’s properties.

Animal grooming products that were previously categorized as cosmetics will be deactivated from Health Canada’s Cosmetics Notification System because they are no longer required to comply with the Cosmetic Regulations.
Under the 2001 CCCR, consumer chemical products are classified based on a scientific assessment of potential hazards to consumers. The CCCR, 2001 specifies five hazard categories: toxic, corrosive, flammable, quick skin-bonding adhesives, and pressurized containers. The hazard classification of a product determines whether or not the product’s label requires hazard symbols, a bilingual warning and first aid statements, or in some cases, the use of child resistant containers.
The following types of products are not subject to the CCCR, 2001 since they are governed by other Canadian legislation:

▲ Products intended for human and animal use in cleansing, improving or altering the complexion, skin, hair or teeth, including deodorants and perfumes.
These types of products will continue to be classified as cosmetics, and remain under the Cosmetic Regulations.  
▲ Products for use on animals which make a therapeutic claim may be classified as veterinary drugs and are subject to the Food and Drug Regulations.
▲ Products making pest control claims may be classified as pest control products and be subject to the Pest Control Products Regulations or the Food and
Drugs Act, depending on the application.

Health Canada is giving companies a transition period of one year, beginning June 20, 2011, for the industry to assess the hazards of all grooming products used on animals and to ensure their compliance with the CCCR, 2001, if applicable.

Animal grooming products which are subject to the CCCR, 2001 and do not comply with its requirements after the transition period will be subject to compliance and enforcement actions.

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