Household cleaning products, hand soaps and body soaps (COVID-19)

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for household cleaning products regulated under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and hand soaps and body soaps regulated as cosmetics under the Food and Drugs Act (FDA). As an interim policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re facilitating the access and sale of certain consumer products and cosmetics in Canada where:

To support the health and safety of Canadians, Health Canada has published a list of the products being imported under this policy, including links to the complete label text, in both official languages, as required by the relevant regulations.

Household cleaning products covered under the interim policy

Under the interim policy, Health Canada is facilitating access to certain household cleaning products that do not fully meet the following labelling requirements under the CCPSA:

However, the interim policy does not change the enforcement priority for all other regulatory requirements under the applicable Regulations that apply to household cleaners, such as:

The interim policy covers the following household cleaning products regulated under the CCPSA:

Hand and body soaps covered under the interim policy

Under the interim policy, Health Canada is facilitating access to hand and body soaps, regulated as cosmetics under the FDA, that do not fully meet the following labelling requirements:

However, the interim policy does not change the enforcement priority for all other regulatory requirements under the applicable Regulations that apply to cosmetics, such as:

To note, hand and body soaps are still subject to the requirements under the FDA, specifically sections 16 to 18.

The interim policy covers hand and body soaps, regulated as cosmetics under the FDA, used mainly to clean the skin. It does not cover:

How to import under this interim policy

To import under this interim policy, importers are required to fill out a form and email it prior to import to hc.ccpsa-lcspc.sc@canada.ca.

Importers will also be expected to:

In addition, importers are required to provide sellers with a means to inform consumers, at the time of sale, of the website where bilingual label text is posted. This could be made available through a sticker applied directly to the products, posters, or signage with take-away pamphlets at the point of sale. Effective immediately, all new importers of these products through the interim policy must meet this requirement; importers who have previously submitted a form are to meet this requirement no later than June 8, 2020.

Note: Health Canada will lift the interim policy when the regular supply stabilizes.

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