Cosmetic Regulations (C.R.C., c. 869)

Regulations are current to 2014-09-29 and last amended on 2007-06-14. Previous Versions

  •  (1) Despite subsection 21.2(1), in the case of a cosmetic whose immediate container or outside package is so small that the label cannot comply with the requirements of paragraph 18(b), the list of ingredients may appear on a tag, tape or card affixed to the container or package.

  • (2) Despite subsection 21.2(1), in the case of a cosmetic in an ornamental container that has no outside package, the list of ingredients may appear on a tag, tape or card affixed to the container.

  • (3) Despite subsection 21.2(1), in the case of a cosmetic that has no outside package and whose size, shape or texture, or that of its immediate container, makes it impractical for a tag, tape or card to be affixed to the container, the list of ingredients may instead appear in a leaflet that must accompany the cosmetic at the point of sale.

  • SOR/2004-244, s. 11.

Particular Requirements for Certain Cosmetics

 A hair dye that contains paraphenylenediamine or other coal tar dye base or coal tar intermediate must

  • (a) carry the following warning on both the inner and outer labels:

    “CAUTION: This product contains ingredients that may cause skin irritation on certain individuals and a preliminary test according to accompanying directions should first be made. This product must not be used for dyeing the eyelashes or eyebrows. To do so may cause blindness.

    MISE EN GARDE : Ce produit contient des ingrédients qui peuvent causer de l’irritation cutanée chez certaines personnes; il faut donc d’abord effectuer une épreuve préliminaire selon les directives ci-jointes. Ce produit ne doit pas servir à teindre les sourcils ni les cils; en ce faisant, on pourrait provoquer la cécité.”; and

  • (b) be accompanied by instructions to the following effect:

    • (i) the preparation may cause serious inflammation of the skin in some persons, and a preliminary test should always be made to determine whether special sensitivity exists, and

    • (ii) to make the test, a small area of skin behind the ear or on the inner surface of the forearm should be cleansed, using either soap and water or alcohol, and a small quantity of the hair dye as prepared for use should be applied to the area and allowed to dry. After 24 hours, the area should be washed gently with soap and water. If no irritation or inflammation is apparent, it may be assumed that no hypersensitivity to the dye exists. The test should be made before each application. The hair dye should never be used for dyeing eyebrows or eyelashes, as severe inflammation of the eye or even blindness may result.

  • SOR/89-228, s. 3;
  • SOR/2004-244, s. 11.

 The outer label of a cosmetic, where that cosmetic contains mercury or a salt or derivative thereof as a preservative, shall indicate the name of the preservative and its concentration in the cosmetic.

  • SOR/89-228, s. 4.

 A deodorant that is intended for use in the genital area and that is sold in a pressurized container shall carry the following information on both its inner and outer labels:

“Directions: For external use only. Use sparingly and not more than once daily. Spray external skin surface while holding nozzle at least eight inches from the skin”

Mode d’emploi : Pour usage externe seulement. Employer modérément, pas plus d’une fois par jour. Vaporiser sur la surface externe de la peau en tenant le bec à une distance d’au moins huit pouces

“Caution: Do not apply internally or to broken, irritated or itching skin. Do not use when wearing a sanitary napkin. Discontinue use immediately if a rash or irritation develops. Consult a physician if the rash or irritation persists or if there is any unusual odour or discharge at any time”

Mise en garde : Ne pas appliquer sur une surface interne ou sur une surface éraflée, irritée ou en proie à la démangeaison. Ne pas utiliser avec des serviettes hygiéniques. Cesser immédiatement l’emploi en cas d’éruption ou d’irritation. Consulter un médecin si l’éruption ou l’irritation persiste ou en cas d’odeur ou de sécrétion inhabituelle