Pedicure! Manicure! Beautifully Polished Nails! – Do You Know How Strictly Regulated Most Nail Polish Removers Are?

Nail polish remover is an essential part of women’s nail care products. Naturally, nail polishes cannot be removed with water. To clean them off requires liquids or gels with a very high concentration of highly volatile organic solvents. Acetone is a key ingredient in some nail polishes as well as the main ingredient in the removers.

Acetone is a good solvent that evaporates quickly; this makes it the best organic compound for nail polish removal as well as a raw material or manufacturing aid in the production of drugs (narcotics and controlled substances). As a result, the Government of Canada classifies acetone as a “Precursor Chemical”.

Precursors are chemicals that can be diverted from legitimate activities to the illegal manufacture of drugs. In 1990 Canada signed the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances which addressed the problem of the diversion of precursors to illegal markets or uses. In signing this convention, Canada effectively committed itself to controlling the movement of precursors into, out of, and within Canada. In Canada, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and Precursor Control Regulations (PCR) provide a regulatory framework that allows Canada to fulfill this international obligation.

To import or export nail polish remover containing 30% acetone you must register as a dealer and obtain a registration certificate and hold an export permit.

The regulatory pathway to a registration certificate and export permit involves activities such as RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) background checks of key responsible officers, notice of pre-exportation to some countries, and distribution outlets listing with Health Canada.

With the fulfilment of certain conditions some products may be eligible to an exemption!

What to do:

  • If you import nail polish removers, consult FPR today!