How we regulate cosmetics

  • Health Canada regulates cosmetics under the Food and Drugs Act and Cosmetic Regulations, to make sure they are safe to use and to reduce health risks to Canadians.
  • Cosmetics sold in Canada must be manufactured, prepared, preserved, packed and stored under sanitary conditions.
  • Manufacturers cannot sell cosmetics that contain ingredients that may cause injury when the product is used normally, according to the directions on the label.
  • Manufacturers must provide a list of the ingredients in a cosmetic product to Health Canada. This allows us to identify and prohibit a product if an ingredient presents a hazard to the health and safety of Canadians.
  • All cosmetics must have their ingredients listed on the label. This lets consumers identify and avoid any cosmetics that contain ingredients that are of concern to them.

If a health and safety problem happens after a cosmetic product is on the market, Health Canada can investigate and take appropriate enforcement actions.

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