Improvements to the Processing of Cosmetic Notifications in Canada – What you need to know!

 In Product Safety

By: Kirsten Alcock, Principal Product Safety Consultant, email

On January 28th  we received an email from the Government of Canada regarding changes and improvements that they plan on making for the processing of cosmetic notifications in Canada.  They advised that effective February 5, 2022, new cosmetics that DO NOT contain any restricted or prohibited ingredients will be processed IMMEDIATELY by their automatic system.

For any products that have any of these aforementioned components, the notifications will continue to be processed by a Health Canada Officer as they have been in the past.

The process of notification will not change. Manufacturers and importers are still requested to submit their notifications by the same process that they have been doing. The difference will be that the notifications are automatically processed and notifiers will receive an automated email.

If you are working with Dell Tech to do your notifications, we will continue to advise when the cosmetic has been successfully notified with the appropriate numbers, your INCI listing as well as advise of any New Substance Notification (NSN) issues with the ingredients you are using. Our service includes much more than just the notification itself.  If you are doing the notifications yourselves, please be sure to look for an automated email from

The process improvements will have no impact on how companies submit their notifications.  The expectation is that manufacturers and importers must notify Health Canada within 10 days after they first sell a cosmetic in Canada.

It is again important to note that Health Canada does not APPROVE cosmetics sold in Canada. A notification of your cosmetic is required but you are also required to consider other regulations when creating your label such as the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act.

For further information or if you need help with understanding the requirements to sell cosmetics in Canada, please contact us.

Dell Tech
Kirsten Alcock, B.Sc. (Hons) 
Principal Product Safety Consultant

Dell Tech has provided professional, confidential consulting services to the chemical specialty

industry in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia for the last 40 years.

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