April 28, 2022
Cosmetic Labeling in Canada: All You Need to Know

Labeling is a vital aspect when it comes to marketing the cosmetic products as it helps consumers understand accurate details of the product. In Canada, cosmetics and personal care products are regulated by Health Canada (HC). Cosmetic labeling is regulated by the Food and Drugs Act, the Cosmetic Regulations, and the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act and Regulations.

It is mandatory to display the following details on a cosmetic label in Canada:

  • Ingredient list
  • Common name of the product
  • Amount of product in metric units or the count
  • Name and address of the manufacturer or distributor
  • Warnings or cautions
  • Directions for use

The details should be in English and French languages apart from the ingredient list, which should be indicated in the INCI nomenclature.

Cosmetic Ingredient Labeling

Ingredient labels in cosmetics allow consumers to make informed decisions about the products they are willing to purchase. Consumers can also identify the cosmetics that they may be sensitive or allergic to with the help of ingredient labels.

Importance of International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI) in Canada

The names for cosmetic product ingredients are technical chemical names that might be difficult for consumers to understand. However, the INCI names act as universally recognized symbols representing a substance that may otherwise have different trade names.

However, as Health Canada regulations allow only INCI names, consumers in Canada need to know a single name for an ingredient instead of multiple technical names.

Apart from Canada, several other countries also use INCI nomenclature for cosmetic labeling. Due to this, Canadian citizens traveling abroad can also recognize and avoid ingredients if required; without knowing additional terminology.

Compliance with Health Canada for cosmetic labels often proves challenging for manufacturers. Consult a Regulatory partner like Freyr for cosmetic Regulatory support in the Canadian market.

Stay informed. Stay compliant.