Some ingredients in your products are slated to be banned or restricted by Health Canada. Here’s a breakdown.
Health Canada is proposing to update the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist. Updates include additions, changes to the conditions for existing entries and changes to include new substance identifiers or make minor corrections.
You are invited to provide feedback to the proposals directly to Health Canada before October 11, 2023.
On the list to be prohibited include:
Temporary hair colour additive: Basic Green 4 (malachite green and its salts), also known as Malachite green; CI 42000; malachite green hydrochloride; malachite green oxalate.
Hair perming ingredient Thioglycolic acid esters, also known as Glyceryl thioglycolate; Isooctyl thioglycolate.
On the list to be restricted include:
Benzophenone – restricted to a maximum level of 3%.
p-Chloro-m-cresol – Not permitted in cosmetics intended to be used on or around mucosal membranes such as eyes, nose or mouth.
Retinal, also known as Retinaldehyde: Leave-on products intended for full body application maximum .01%
Solvent Violet 13, also known as CI 60725 or Violet 2: All product except nail products limited to 0.3%
What is the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist?
The Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist is a list that tells makeup and cosmetic companies what substances should not be in their products. These substances might break rules in the Food and Drugs Act or the Cosmetic Regulations. Sometimes, these substances can also make a product not count as a “cosmetic” under the law.
Health Canada, which takes care of this list, updates it regularly. The last time they updated it was in August 2022. The list doesn’t include everything, so companies should not wait for an update to make sure their products are safe. If a company finds out one of their cosmetics might cause harm, they should stop selling it immediately.
Health Canada proposes changes to the Hotlist based on solid evidence, including scientific research and the opinions of experts from Canada and other countries.
Now, they are suggesting some changes to the Hotlist and want people to give their opinions for the next 90 days. After this time, they will consider all the feedback, make final changes, and then publish the updated list. They will also let people know through their mailing list and those who have previously filled a form about a cosmetic product.
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