Cosmetic Consultants


The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), along with the New Substance Notification Regulations (NSNR) aim to promote sustainable development by emphasizing pollution prevention. This federal legislation is geared towards safeguarding both the environment and human health by overseeing the import, export, manufacture, use and sale of substances within Canada. The focus is on substances that may pose a risk to the environment and human health, and the CEPA and NSNR provisions apply to ingredients in Cosmetics, OTC Drugs, NHPs, Medical Devices and Consumer products.

Did you know that in order to market products in Canada, you not only have to be concerned with restrictions on ingredients imposed by Health Canada, but also restrictions imposed by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)? 

Focal Point Research can help you navigate the complex requirements and determine whether your product complies with the CEPA and NSNR. Get your formulations assessed by our team today to identify the presence of new or existing substances and find out what you need to do to comply. This is more important today than ever before as we have observed an uptick in ECCC inspections and enforcement actions, especially in the last couple of years. Failure to comply may result in hefty fines and penalties along with considerable damage to a brand’s reputation. With our proprietary software, we can efficiently review formulations and identify any actions required to comply with the CEPA and NSNR. Act now!


 Focal Point Research offers the following
CEPA Consulting Services

  • Comprehensive ingredient compliance checks against the various inventories (DSL, NDSL, R-ICL, Toxic substances list, etc.)
  • Identify trigger limits and provide notification information requirements
  • Compile and submit New Substance Notification (NSN) packages
  • Compile and submit Significant New Activity Notification (SNAN) packages
  • Identify ingredient that qualify for CEPA’s Reduced Regulatory Requirements (RRR)
  • Guidance on periodic CEPA updates and implications of such updates to your business
  • Assistance with responding to mandatory CEPA Section 71 surveys
  • Assistance with developing a Chemical Management Plan
  • Provide support to companies that have undergone CEPA inspections to address observations noted

“Focal Point Research has consistently and professionally looked after regulatory and quality issues of our brand for years. Through a courteous and knowledgeable team, they have managed to navigate us through an ever changing regulatory landscape while maintaining our interests, and allowed us to correctly distribute and sell within Canada.”

“I have truly enjoyed working with you over the last 8 years! You and your team have been an amazing resource for me. I have always been impressed by the knowledge and professionalism of everyone at Focal Point, which is a true testament to your leadership.”

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The Focal Point Research team is ready to help with all of your scientific and regulatory needs.  Our team has the experience and expertise you need to see your product to market and we are eager to help you.