All cosmetic products launched in Canada market are regulated by Health Canada under the Food and Drugs Act and the Cosmetic Regulations. The chemicals present in the formulation are subjected to the regulations of Canadian Environmental Protection Act. As part of the cosmetic regulations, Health Canada mandates the notification of cosmetic products that are available for commercial sale in Canada market.
Cosmetic product manufactures and importers in Canada must submit the cosmetic notification form within 10 days after placing their cosmetic product in Canada market. An individual CNF should be filed for each cosmetic product. If multiple products are sold in combination, each product present in the combo pack must be notified individually.
It is not mandatory to submit a CNF if:
A single CNF can be submitted for multiple products only if the below criteria are met:
Before you file a CNF, you must ensure the following information is in place in order to file the notification form without any discrepancy.
CNF can be submitted to Health Canada via online notification portal of Health Canada available at https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/apps/radar/CPS-SPC-0007.08.html
A CNF must be submitted for all new cosmetic products, for any amendments to previously notified products and for discontinuation of sale of the cosmetic product in Canada market.
Once the CNF is submitted for new cosmetic products, a Cosmetic Number (one-to-eight-digit number) will be assigned within 3 months of submission of CNF which could be used while filing amendments and discontinuation of sale.
There are some special cases as mentioned below:
To help cosmetic manufacturing companies worldwide traverse through the complex regulatory hurdles, Athreva’s qualified team of experts can come to the rescue. Maintaining a robust relationship with the product safety team of Health Canada, they can support cosmetic companies in successful submission of CNFs.
The author of this blog Dr. Sravya is one of our in-house cosmetic regulatory experts. With hands-on experience in consulting for cosmetic manufacturing companies worldwide, her sharp eye for detail speaks for itself. You can find her on Linkedin.