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Cosmetic Regulations

Version of section 22 from 2006-03-22 to 2006-11-15:

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall sell a hair dye that contains paraphenylenediamine or other coal tar dye base or coal tar dye intermediate unless

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

      “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) instructions to the following effect, in both official languages, accompany each package of the hair dye;

      • (i) the preparation may cause serious inflammation of the skin in some persons and a preliminary test should always be carried out to determine whether or not 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 is usually assumed that no hypersensitivity to the dye exists. The test should, however, be carried out before each application. On no account should the hair dye be used for dyeing eyebrows or eyelashes as severe inflammation of the eye or even blindness may result.

  • (2) [Repealed, SOR/89-228, s. 3]

  • SOR/89-228, s. 3

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