Health Canada published an updated cosmetic ingredient hotlist in December 2019.
Health Canada revised the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist: Prohibited and Restricted Ingredients in December 2019. This update adopted most of the proposed changes made in May 2019, except the warning sentence for products containing Eucalyptus oil. The table below summarizes the changes in this update.
|Items Amended||Summary of Changes|
|Sodium Bromate||Banned. |
Sodium bromate is toxicologically equivalent to potassium bromate, which has been prohibited since March 2011 due to its carcinogenic potential. The two entries were combined as ‘Bromates’.
Changed from a banned substance to a restricted substance.
|Disulfiram, Thiuram, Thiuram disulfides and Thiuram monosulfides||Combined into one entry as ‘Thiurams’ and changed from a banned substance to a restricted substance. |
The maximum permissible limit is 14% in Latex products.
|Thioglycolic acid and its salts|
Amended with new conditions when it is used in hair dye products and in areas around eyes.
Relevant warning sentences are required for each product category.
- Consultation on proposed updates to the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist: Prohibited and Restricted Ingredients
- December 2019 Changes to the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist
- Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist 2019
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