Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report: Cosmetics

Cyclical Enforcement Project: Cosmetic Regulations

Fiscal Year 2014/2015

Summary

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

The purpose of this Cyclical Enforcement (CE) project was to verify compliance of cosmetic products which are subject to the Cosmetic Regulations.

For this project, the compliance of cosmetic products with the Cosmetic Regulations is determined through a sampling and compliance verification process by which Health Canada inspectors visit establishments and sample any relevant product(s). Compliance with the requirements set out in the regulations was not verified through testing at the Product Safety Laboratory.

Prior to initiating this CE project, the CPSP carried out a market survey to quantify the presence of cosmetic stakeholders in Canada. Targets were then selected from that list of companies. 

Over the course of the 2014/15 fiscal year, compliance verification of forty-two different products was carried out. The verification resulted in three recalls, two stop sales, thirty trader commitments, and seven instances where no corrective action was required.

Results

Readers should consult the individual recall notices for details of the products subject to this enforcement action.

The explanation of “Determination” for this CE project is as follows:

  • “Notification” means that the product was not notified at the time of inspection.
  • “Labelling” means that the labelling was missing, incorrect, incomplete or required modification to be compliant.
  • “Hotlist” means that the product contained a hotlist ingredient which required follow up such as confirmation of the concentration in the product, addition of warning statements, submission of information or reformulation of the product.
  • “None Identified” means that non-compliances related to notification and labelling were not identified.
Results Table
Brand Product Name Source of Sample Determination Corrective Action
Action de Gala Baume a levres a la cire d’abeilles Dectro International Labelling Commitment by Dectro International
Action de Gala Serum Purifiant PUR Dectro International Labelling Commitment by Dectro International
AG Hair Cosmetics High & Dry AG Hair Notification, Labelling Commitment by AG Hair
AG Hair Cosmetics Repair Serum AG Hair Labelling Commitment by AG Hair
AG Hair Cosmetics Ultradynamics AG Hair Labelling Commitment by AG Hair
Artistic Nail Design Nail Product Remover O’Regan Agencies Ltd. Notification, Labelling Commitment by Artistic Nail Design
Bumble & Bumble BB City Swept Finish Sephora Canada None identified None
Essence de Beauté AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser Essence de Beauté Labelling Commitment by Essence de Beauté
Essence de Beauté Crème Coiffant - Styling Cream Essence de Beauté Notification, Labelling Stop sale by Essence de Beauté
Essence de Beauté Silk Protein Conditioner Essence de Beauté Notification, Hotlist Stop sale by Essence de Beauté
Eucerin Intensive Lip Balm Beiersdorf Canada Inc. None identified None
Fun World Hot Hair Colour - Green Fluorescent SKS Novelty Co. Ltd. Notification Commitment by SKS Novelty Co. Ltd.
Graftobian Metal Mania Professional Make-up SKS Novelty Co. Ltd. Notification, Labelling Commitment by SKS Novelty Co. Ltd.
Herbaceuticals Naturcolor Whole Foods Notification, Labelling Commitment by Whole Foods
IBD Brush On Nail Glue Alberta Beauty Systems Notification, Labelling Commitment by Alberta Beauty Systems
Juice Beauty Exfoliating Cleanser Whole Foods Labelling Commitment by Whole Foods
Mineral Fusion Concealer Duo Neutral Whole Foods Labelling Commitment by Mineral Fusion
Mon Platin Classic Shampoo for Dry / Coloured Hair M.A.Y. Cosmetics None identified None
Mon Platin Classic Strengthening Hair Spray M.A.Y. Cosmetics Labelling (pressurized container missing warnings) Voluntary recall by M.A.Y. Cosmetics
Nivea Men Extreme Comfort Shaving Gel Beiersdorf Canada Inc. None identified None
Nivea Originals Extra Moisturizer Shaving Cream Beiersdorf Canada Inc. None identified None
Nova Scotia Fishermen Xtreme Lip Care Burnt Out Solutions Inc. Notification, Labelling Commitment by Burnt Out Solutions Inc.
Nova Scotia Fishermen Xtreme Skin Care Cuticle Rescue Burnt Out Solutions Inc. Notification, Labelling Commitment by Burnt Out Solutions Inc.
Professional by FAMA 3 Dimensioncare Hydra Drafting Gel Oil Mousse Beauté Star Bedard Labelling Commitment by Beauté Star Bedard
Professional by FAMA Equa Care 3 Dimension Balancing Clay Mask Beauté Star Bedard Labelling Commitment by Beauté Star Bedard
Professional by FAMA Fantasia Colour (5 Light Chestnut) Beauté Star Bedard Labelling Commitment by Beauté Star Bedard
Provici Peptoxyl Wrinkle Relaxing Cream Provici Cosmetics Labelling Commitment by Provici Cosmetics
Provici Pore Perfecting Face Primer Provici Cosmetics Labelling Commitment by Provici Cosmetics
Redken 5th Avenue Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo O’Regan Agencies Ltd. Notification Commitment by L’Oreal
REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate Sephora Canada Labelling Commitment by REN USA
Saffron Rouge Organic Shampoo Saffron Rouge None identified None
Sephora Astonish Lash - Faux Cils Astonish Sephora Canada Hotlist (contains prohibited hotlist ingredient) Voluntary recall by Sephora Canada
Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12h Wear Waterproof (01 Black Lace Mat) Sephora Canada None identified None
SKOAH Exfoliating Gel Mask SKOAH Labelling Commitment by SKOAH
SKOAH Gold Serum SKOAH Labelling Commitment by SKOAH
SKOAH Skrubbin Face Wash SKOAH Labelling Commitment by SKOAH
Stage Colour Contour Wax Liner Dectro International Notification, Labelling Commitment by Dectro International
SunFX WhiteOut Tanning Spray SkinFX Inc. Labelling (pressurized container missing warnings) Voluntary recall by SkinFX Inc.
Surface Curls - Whip Mousse Surface Hair Health Art Notification, Labelling Commitment by Surface Hair Health Art
Surface Theory - Styling Spray Surface Hair Health Art Notification, Labelling Commitment by Surface Hair Health Art
Surface Trinity - Dry Shampoo Surface Hair Health Art Notification, Labelling Commitment by Surface Hair Health Art
Wild Prairie Soap Company Bulk Soap Products Wild Prairie Soap Company Labelling Commitment by Wild Prairie Soap Company

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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