Proposed Updates to the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from November 8, 2017 to January 7, 2018.


You are invited to comment on a proposal to update the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist.

The proposal includes:

  • additions and revisions to the Hotlist
  • changes to include new substance identifiers or to make minor corrections to the Hotlist


The Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist is one of the ways Health Canada informs Canadians about substances that when used in a cosmetic may result in the product:

  • contravening the Food and Drugs Act or the Cosmetic Regulations
  • being regulated as something other than a cosmetic

Proposed updates to the Hotlist are put forward as needed. These updates are based on evidence obtained by a review of:

  • recognized scientific journals
  • opinions and decisions made by national and international experts.

The last update to the Hotlist was made in December 2015.


We are seeking input to the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist from all Canadians and stakeholders.


The purpose of this consultation is to ask for your comments on the proposed updates to the Hotlist.

When and where

This online engagement will be available to the general public for 60 days, between November 8, 2017 and January 7, 2018.

We will respond to comments received during the consultation period before we publish the revised Hotlist. The final updated Hotlist will be posted on, and a notice will also be sent to the Cosmetics Mailing List and all notifiers who have previously submitted a cosmetic notification form.

How to participate

There are two ways you can provide input:

  • Send us an email at
  • Send a letter to the address listed below, in the Contact Us section.

Related information

Contact Us:

Hotlist Coordinator
Cosmetics Program
Consumer Product Safety Directorate
Health Canada
269 Laurier Avenue West
Address Locator: 4908A
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9

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