Consumer Product and Cosmetics Reports Received - Quarterly Data July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016


Health Canada regularly receives reports on human health or safety concerns related to consumer products and cosmetics.  Consumer products are covered under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act while cosmetics are covered under the Food and Drugs Act.

Industry is required to submit reports to Health Canada when they become aware of an incident related to their consumer product. Consumers report concerns about consumer products and cosmetics on a voluntary basis.

Percentage of reports received by product category
Category Percentage
Housewares 23%
Electronics 19%
Children’s Products 16%
Appliances 14%
Home & Automobile Maintenance 9%
Outdoor Living 8%
Grooming Products & Accessories 4%
Clothing, Textiles & Accessories 3%
Sports, Recreation & Hobby 3%

Note: total does not add up to 100 due to rounding

Top 5 product types based on number of reports received

  1. Telephones or Accessories: 59
  2. Diapers: 26
  3. Laundry Soaps or Detergents: 18
  4. Electric Ranges or Ovens: 15
  5. Chairs*, other or not specified: 9
    *other or not specified - includes commodes, shower chairs and transfer benches

Not every report Health Canada receives involves an injury. Over the time period, injuries, including deaths, were reported in 40% of reports received.


Top 3 Injury Types

  • Irritation/Allergic Reaction: 59
  • Cut: 33
  • Burns: 21
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