Lifting the interim policy for household cleaning products, hand soaps and body soaps (COVID-19): Notice

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Lifting the interim policy

Health Canada created an interim policy to help make available certain household cleaning products, hand soaps and body soaps that did not meet specific labelling requirements of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) or Food and Drugs Act (FDA). We are lifting this interim policy on April 29, 2022.

As of this date, products that were covered under this interim policy must meet all the labelling and regulatory requirements set out in the CCPSA and FDA.

Why we introduced the interim policy

The COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented situation. There were concerns around supply shortages for certain household cleaning products, hand soaps and body soaps regulated under the CCPSA or the FDA. Suppliers who identified a growing global demand for cleaning products told us of potential shortages in early 2020.

To avoid shortages, we implemented an interim policy on April 15, 2020, as a temporary, short-term solution. The interim policy covered certain household cleaning products, hand soaps and body soaps that did not fully meet the labelling requirements.

We took this unusual step to make sure that consumers would continue to have access to these products, which help limit the spread of COVID-19.

We communicated at the time we would lift the interim policy when the regular supply of these products stabilized.

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If you have any questions, please contact us by email at ccpsa-lcspc@hc-sc.gc.ca.

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