Modernization of Cosmetic Regulations: Yea or Nay?

On October 24, 2012, The Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA) held a Cosmetic Regulatory Modernization Forum to discuss potential regulatory changes that would increase oversight of the industry and push for the modernization of its regulatory system.

A survey carried out in 2009-2010 by Health Canada revealed that stakeholders favour ‘modernization’. Based on their response, Health Canada proposed requirements for:

  • A 60 day pre-market notification
  • Exact concentrations for all ingredients
  • Submission of draft label text
  • Companies to disclose all 26 known fragrance allergens

In addition to Health Canada proposals, the 55 member CCTFA forum identified and discussed additional items worth considering with regards to the “modernization project”. The majority of participants felt that mandatory reporting of adverse reactions, harmonized packaging/labelling and improved import safety were issues Health Canada should focus on. Maintenance of a safety dossier, mandatory security packaging, and identification of nanomaterials on labels were unpopular proposals amongst participants.