Cosmetic Regulations Consulting for Canada

Cosmetic Regulations Consulting for Canada

Since the inception of ICS Inc in 1999, we have evaluated at least 1,000 cosmetic formulations for compliance to Health Canada’s Cosmetic Regulations, and registered (Notified) almost as many.

What are Cosmetics?Cosmetic Regulations consulting

What are the Regulations for Cosmetics?

Cosmetics Need to be Registered with Health Canada

Our Cosmetic Notification & Label Consulting Services


What are Cosmetics?

Section 2 of the Food and Drugs Act states that cosmetics:

“…include any substance or mixture of substances that is manufactured, sold, or represented for use in cleansing, improving, or altering the complexion of the skin, hair, or teeth.”

This category also addresses products such as: deodorants, colognes, perfumes, soaps, hair sprays, moisturizers, toners, contour creams, anti-wrinkle preparations, nail polish, mouthwash, shampoo and the like. Products for the grooming of animals are also considered to be cosmetics.

What are the Regulations for Cosmetics?

These fall under Health Canada’s Cosmetics Regulations of the Food and Drugs Act and the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act.

Cosmetics Need to be Registered with Health Canada

Anyone who sells cosmetics in Canada must submit a Cosmetic Notification to Health Canada, outlining the purpose of the product along with a list of ingredients. This has to be done within the first 30 days of sale.

Our Cosmetic Notification & Label Consulting Services

We can assist you with:

  • ensuring that all of the ingredients are allowed in Canada;
  • cosmetic label requirements are met, such as: language (incl. French), net quantities, directions for use, any warnings, area and size of inner & outer labels, etc.
    • See our French translation services to Health Canada standards web page.
  • safety issues of the ingredients
  • submitting Cosmetics Notification forms to Health Canada on your behalf
  • proper naming (nomenclature) of ingredients to INCI
  • proper advertising and labeling claims (i.e.: acceptable versus unacceptable claims, so they don’t make claims reserved for Drugs), and
  • avoidable Hazards and Cautions (toxicology);
  • locating & evaluating potential contract manufacturers (including identifying quality control specifications, such as lipstick melt point range);
  • packaging design suggestions;
  • sourcing suppliers of cosmetic packaging;
  • identifying ingredients which are known to “not be tested on animals“, “biodegradable“, “not of animal origin“, and ensuring those claims meet OECD testing standards.
  • market research to find out what are the top selling cosmetic products (i.e.: lipsticks versus night creams, most popular shades, market trends, which age groups purchase the most cosmetics, and what factors influence their purchase decisions);
  • scientific literature research on key ingredients;
  • creating marketing materials (brochures, web site info, etc.) that is compliant to Health Canada (i.e. not making claims only allowed for NHPs or Drugs;
  • creating product formulations from scratch; and
  • suggesting various marketing strategies, and the pros & cons of each strategy.

Cosmetic Notification Form / Cosmetic Label consulting

Why use a consultant?

Weighing the numerous pros & cons of bringing in a consultant vs. tackling it all in-house?  Please see our web pageWhy Use a Consultantas part of that critical thinking process. Based in British Columbia, but covering all of Western Canada.



Dale Enright

August 2, 2015at 12:41 am

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August 17, 2015at 11:18 am

Consumers are inundated with oragnic claims on all manner of products and with frequent media stories surrounding the potential health risks and unknowns of anything remotely synthetic curiosity for oragnic products is at an all-time high with product sales skyrocketing. Celebrities and cosmetic companies are launching skin-care products labeled oragnic faster than you can say but is this really good for my skin?! ..Organically speaking what does the term oragnic mean in the world of cosmetics but principally for skin care?


    August 18, 2015at 11:32 pm

    Hi Ketmani,
    You raise some good points and have some good questions. Both in Canada and in the USA, there is no official definition of “organic cosmetics”. Therefore, for cosmetics, is more of a marketing claim. However, for foods, the general Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) definition is along the lines of “the principles of sound organic farming systems throughout the production, processing, storage, transportation, labelling and marketing stages: the production of high quality food using sustainable management practices, which avoid damage to the environment, and ensure the ethical treatment of livestock.”. Therefore, an “organic cosmetic” would (in theory) be one whose ingredients are derived from such agricultural sources. If a cosmetic is said to be “organic” it should clearly have the certification body’s stamp on the label. “Certified organic” really has absolutely nothing to do with the safety or effectiveness of the product, but has to do the the agricultural practices for maintaining the sustainability of the environment the cosmetic ingredients were derived from.

Dale Enright

August 29, 2015at 11:15 pm

Triclosan and use of antibacterial soaps are not a good thing for regular handwashing:

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