MI/MCI News Update

The Canadian cosmetics industry has won an important concession pertaining to the phase-out of leave on cosmetics using the preservative system Methylisothiazolinone (MI) and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI).  Previously, Health Canada had requested that leave on products containing these preservatives be off retail shelves by June 2016.  After an enormous amount of feedback from the industry, it appears Health Canada is willing to extend this date until the end of 2016.  This will require individual agreements between companies and Health Canada.

The Canadian Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA) has been spearheading these important changes.  The US Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) has also been following this closely with recent communication to its members.

Health Canada is now going to use “individual compliance agreements” with companies that have concerns with the proposed implementation process that requires companies to stop distribution of their products by the June 2016 deadline.  These types of agreements will allow companies to continue to distribute their existing products until June 2016 and will now extend the sell-through to December 2016.  However, the exception is for children’s products where the compliance agreement will not be allowed.  These compliance agreements will also give companies a chance to contact and communicate issues with the government.

Health Canada will soon be issuing further information including a confirmation that they still support their decision to remove these products from the market.  If your company sent letters to Health Canada in regards to this issue, Health Canada will be responding with this information.  Presently, there has not been a public notice on the implementation and enforcement actions that Health Canada will be taking for companies who do not abide by these requirements.  More information is to come from the CCTFA as they work with Health Canada on the templates for the agreements and the public notice that will be sent out.

We hope that this information is helpful to you and your company.  If you have any questions about requirements or repercussions to your products feel free to contact Focal Point Research, cosmetic consultants for over 25 years in North America.