Canadian Government Report Deems Selenium and its Compounds as Toxic. What Does This Mean For Use of Selenium Sulfide in Natural Health Products?

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The Canadian Health and Environmental regulatory bodies are pushing a new proposal to include Selenium and its compounds on the List of Toxic Substances in Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).

The environmental and human health concerns warranting the proposal of adding Selenium and its compounds to Schedule 1 of CEPA is not specifically related to risks from using topical personal care products.  The reason for the environmental concern is based on pollution effects from industrial processes used in coal and metal mining as well as electrical generating.

Selenium sulfide is already regulated for use in Natural Health Products to treat dandruff and skin infections, at a topical concentration maximum of 2.5%.  It is also presently allowed in multivitamin products in accordance with NNHPD Monographs, at a max dosage of 400 µg/d for adults.  The topical concentration limit for Selenium sulfide has been reaffirmed to be safe, and poses no significant risk to human health in terms of total Selenium intake.

The concern, as outlined by Cosmetic Alliance, is with how the Canadian Government will go about listing Selenium and its compounds on Schedule 1 of CEPA and if it will continue to allow the use of Selenium Sulfide in personal care products.  The comment period regarding the possible addition of Selenium and its compounds to Schedule 1 of CEPA will remain open until February 14, 2018.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Focal Point Research Inc.  We are leading Canadian regulatory and Health Canada consultants for Natural Health ProductsOTC DrugsCosmetics, and other personal care products.