Cosmetics are subject to Health Canada's Cosmetic Regulations and require notification to Health Canada within 10 days of first product sale in Canada.

Cosmetics sold in Canada are regulated under the Food and Drugs Act and are subject to compliance with the Cosmetic Regulations.

Manufacturers and importers of cosmetic products must notify Health Canada within 10 days of first selling the product in Canada by submitting a Cosmetic Notification for the purpose of product registration.

Therapeutic claims are not permitted for cosmetic products. Labeling must comply with the Regulations and not misrepresent or misbrand the product in any way.

Product Formulation

Cosmetic Notification

What can our consulting services do for you?

  • Review cosmetic formulations and ingredient listings to ensure ingredient acceptability and compliance with the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) and European Union (EU) requirements
  • Prepare and submit Cosmetic Notifications to Health Canada
  • Review product labels, packaging and all marketing collateral to ensure that all required information is on the label
  • Prepare and submit post-notification amendments to Health Canada (e.g. formulation changes)

The following are examples of cosmetic products in Canada:

  • Soaps
  • Moisturizers
  • Makeup products
  • Perfumes
  • Deodorants
  • Nail polish
  • Hair dyes
  • Tattoo inks