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Canada Proposes to Amend Cosmetic Ingredient Use Requirements

The main proposed amendments are 1) adding 2 prohibited ingredients; 2) adding 4 restricted ingredients; 3) amending the requirements for 2 prohibited ingredients; 4) amending the requirements for 8 restricted ingredients.

Introduction to Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist

The Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist (Hotlist) is an administrative tool that Health Canada uses to communicate with manufacturers and other stakeholders that certain ingredients may be prohibited or restricted for use in cosmetics. It consists of two distinct tables, one for ingredients identified as prohibited and another for those identified as restricted.


1) Prohibited ingredients, including synonyms, salts and related compounds, should not be present in cosmetic products sold in Canada.

2) Restricted ingredients are permitted only if the conditions of use and/or cautionary statement(s) are met as outlined. If the ingredient has a concentration restriction, the applicant is encouraged to provide the exact concentration used in the product at the time of notification, which will help expedite Health Canada's processing of the Cosmetic Notification Form.


The Hotlist is a science-based document that is reviewed and updated when new scientific data becomes available. Last update to the Hotlist was in August 2022.

On Nov. 18, 2022, Health Canada released a notice concerning the review of the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist. 1 Health Canada is considering the following amendments to the Hotlist. Companies are welcome to contact Health Canada ( to provide safety information or other considerations about the proposed ingredients, which may further inform Health Canada's decisions. Information that are recommended to be provided includes:

  • Additions to the Hotlist;

  • Changes to the requirements for existing ingredients on the Hotlist;

  • Changes to include additional ingredient identifiers or make minor corrections.

1. Adding 2 prohibited ingredients

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