June 9, 2014
Ottawa - Health Canada will launch consultations this fall on a new framework aimed at streamlining and updating the current regulations for certain lower-risk health products such as cosmetics, currently defined as drugs under the Food and Drugs Act, and hard surface disinfectants.
As part of these consultations, it is proposed that lower-risk products be separated from the framework for prescription drugs, and be moved under a new framework for consumer health products. The new framework will take into account the potential risk of the product in order to ensure that the right level of oversight through regulations is applied. As always, the health and safety of Canadians will remain the first priority, and Health Canada will continue to require that the benefits of any product outweigh the risks.
These consultations will build on existing efforts to reduce unnecessary red tape for consumer health products where it makes sense, such as cosmetics with health claims and disinfectants. These initiatives are in keeping with the Government's overall strategy as part of the Regulatory Cooperation Council Action Plan.
Health Canada recently revised disinfectant guidance documents, creating flexibility and the appropriate regulatory oversight for these lower-risk products. The Department will continue to advance operational improvements over the next 18 months, while the proposed regulations are being developed.