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Updates to the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist

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Some ingredients will fall under new restrictions this fall – here are the proposed changes

As products undergo development, the Canadian Government adjusts their Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist. This hotlist specifies which ingredients can cause harm or potential damage to you, your team, or your clients.

The updates for the fall of 2021 include:

  • Azelaic acid and its salts
  • Retinoic acid or its salts or derivatives
  • Alpha-Hydroxy Acids including polyhydroxy acids and bionic acids with alpha hydroxyl groups, and their salts

Health Canada issued this statement to us to pass along to all members:

Following the review of comments, changes have been made from the proposals included in the Consultation, some being significant. As such, this advance notice of the revisions prior to publication of the final updated Hotlist, is being shared with you. Should you have concerns, you may provide feedback by August 23th, 2021. Our target for posting online of the final Hotlist publication is Fall 2021.

Consumer and Hazardous Products Safety Directorate, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch

The proposed changes are below.

If you wish to provide feedback, you can do so directly to the Hotlist Coordinator
Cosmetics Program, Consumer and Hazardous Products Safety Directorate
Health Canada via email.


This article will be visible until Tuesday October 12th, 2021

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