Cyclical Enforcement Project 2019-2020: Cosmetic Regulations

Fiscal Year 2019-2020

Summary

The Consumer Product Safety Program (CPSP) administers and enforces the Food and Drugs Act and Cosmetic Regulations.

The purpose of this Cyclical Enforcement (CE) project was to verify industry's compliance of cosmetic products with specific requirements of the Food and Drugs Act and the Cosmetic Regulations. Labels of cosmetic products containing certain substances on the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist indicated as being restricted for use in cosmetics were reviewed, specifically methylisothiazolinone (MI).

For this project, the CPSP carried out a market survey at randomly selected establishments that sold cosmetic products in Canada to verify the compliance of cosmetic products with the Food and Drugs Act and the Cosmetic Regulations. Compliance with the restricted use for MI indicated on the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist were verified by label review onsite and follow-up with establishments.

Over the course of the 2019-2020 fiscal year, visual label evaluation of 391 different products was carried out. The evaluation resulted in 3 voluntary stop sales and 2 voluntary commitments to address the non-compliances.

Results

Readers should consult the individual recall and safety notices, if applicable, for details of the products subject to this enforcement action.

Summary of the samples assessed and corrective actions taken during this project
Brand Product Name Source of Sample Determination Corrective Action
Crabtree and Evelyn Ltd. West Indian Lime After Shave Balm Lawtons Drugs Contained Methylisothiazolinone which is not permitted in this type of cosmetic product Voluntary stop sale by Lawtons Drugs
Crabtree and Evelyn Ltd. ROSEWATER Age Defying Hand Remedy Lawtons Drugs Contained Methylisothiazolinone which is not permitted in this type of cosmetic product Voluntary stop sale by Lawtons Drugs
Crabtree and Evelyn Ltd. ROSEWATER Hand Therapy Lawtons Drugs Contained Methylisothiazolinone which is not permitted in this type of cosmetic product Voluntary stop sale by Lawtons Drugs
Got 2b got2b In Play Sculpting Paste Loblaws Product notification has not been updated Voluntary commitment by Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc.
Got 2b got2b Ultra glued invincible Styling Gel Sobeys Product notification has not been updated Voluntary commitment by Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc.

Disclaimer: A systematic bias is applied during inspection and sampling. Products are not randomly selected but are chosen because they are deemed by the inspector to be more likely to not meet health and safety requirements due to characteristics that are observed. Due to this biased nature of sampling and the fact that sample sizes within CE projects are very small, the findings of CE projects are not intended to reflect overall market compliance unless otherwise stated. Note that these summary reports relate only to the product(s) actually tested and the specific criteria indicated. Testing by Health Canada does not represent approval or endorsement of the product(s).

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