If you are a manufacturer, distributor, importer, or consumer of Cosmetics in Canada, please read the following information for the safety of the environment and human health:

  • Certain cosmetics contain chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Government of Canada assessed three groups of PFAS (salts and precursors of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids (LC-PFCAs), and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and concluded they are toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. They were subsequently prohibited in Canada under the Regulations. A detailed list of toxic substances can be found at https://lawslois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2012-285/FullText.html
  • Ingredients that are associated with this group of substances may include, for example, pigments and bulking agents treated with PFAS, such as mica and talc, and fluorinated versions of polymers, such as fluorinated dimethicone and fluorinated silicone.
  • These chemicals in cosmetics increase wear, durability, spreadability, and water and oil resistance of applied cosmetics. Example- Foundations, Liquid Lipsticks, and Waterproof Mascara.
  • Importers must carefully import cosmetics into Canada from other countries. Although prohibited in Canada, some substances may still be legally manufactured or used in different countries and integrated into products.
  • To know more about the exemptions to the Regulations and measures that can be undertaken to comply, visit- https://www.canada.ca/prohibited-chemical-substances

If you need any assistance or have any questions about whether this notification applies to your company or have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.