As per section 30 of the Cosmetic Regulations, manufacturers and importers must notify Health Canada within 10 days after they first sell a cosmetic in Canada. Failure to notify may result in a product being denied entry into Canada or removed from sale.
Also, as per section 31 of the Cosmetic Regulations, whenever a change affecting the information on a Cosmetic Notification Form (CNF) is made, manufacturers or importers must amend the CNF and resubmit to Health Canada. Some examples of changes include:
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Review the Guidance document: How to complete a Cosmetic Notification Form to ensure the cosmetic notification forms are completed correctly.
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Please note that test-marketed cosmetics must meet all requirements of the Food and Drugs Act and the Cosmetic Regulations. There are no exemptions for test-marketing.
The completed Cosmetic Notification Form (CNF) provides specific product information to Health Canada, including:
There is no fee associated with the cosmetic notification process.
The personal information provided to Health Canada is protected under the provisions of the Privacy Act.
Submission of the CNF does not constitute approval for sale by Health Canada, agreement that the product is classified as a cosmetic nor that the product complies with all legislative requirements. Manufacturers and importers are responsible for making sure their cosmetics meet the requirements of the Food and Drugs Act and its Cosmetic Regulations.
If there are concerns with a submitted notification or product (for example: unknown ingredients, missing information, safety issues, improper classification, etc.) Health Canada will inform the responsible company of those concerns. Failure to respond may result in compliance action.
All cosmetics sold in Canada must be notified to Health Canada. Section 2 of the Food and Drugs Act defines a "cosmetic" as:
"Any substance or mixture of substances manufactured, sold or represented for use in cleansing, improving or altering the complexion, skin, hair or teeth, and includes deodorants and perfumes."
In instances where the classification of a product is not clear, Health Canada will classify the product on a case by case basis, taking into account factors such as: