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Cosmetics Legislation

All cosmetics sold in Canada must be safe to use and must not pose any health risk. They must meet the requirements of the Next link will take you to another Web site Food and Drugs Act and the Next link will take you to another Web site Cosmetic Regulations.

Under the Food and Drugs Act, a cosmetic includes "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." This includes cosmetics used by professional esthetic services, bulk institutional products (such as hand soap in school rest rooms), as well as "handmade" cosmetics sold at craft sales or home-based businesses.

The Cosmetic Regulations and the Food and Drugs Act require that cosmetics sold in Canada be manufactured, prepared, preserved, packed and stored under sanitary conditions. The manufacturer and importer must notify Health Canada that it is selling the product and provide a list of the product's ingredients.

Additionally, cosmetics are subject to the requirements of the Next link will take you to another Web site Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Next link will take you to another Web site Regulations and any chemicals found in cosmetics may be subject to the Next link will take you to another Web site Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

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Other legislation and guidance that may apply to cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients: