Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist: Prohibited and Restricted Ingredients
The Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist is an administrative tool that helps industry satisfy the requirements for sale of a cosmetic, by providing a list of substances that are restricted or prohibited in cosmetics. The listed substances may contravene the general prohibition found in section 16 of the Food and Drugs Act or a section of the Cosmetic Regulations.
The Hotlist is a science-based document that is reviewed and updated as new scientific data becomes available. The Hotlist serves to keep the cosmetic industry aware of new substances Health Canada considers inappropriate for cosmetic use, or which require hazard labelling. It is recommended to check the Cosmetics website regularly, or contact the Cosmetics Unit directly to ensure the most accurate information.
The Hotlist is used to keep the cosmetic industry aware of substances that are restricted or prohibited in cosmetics.
How Changes are Made to the Hotlist
Health Canada welcomes stakeholders to submit comments on proposed changes to the Hotlist. Entries for ingredients are proposed to be added to the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist as a restriction or a prohibition via consultation process.
Proposed changes to the Hotlist are put forward as needed. Conclusions are based on weight of evidence. Information is gathered through a review of recognized scientific journals, as well as opinions or decisions made by national or international counterparts and expert panel groups. The proposed changes to the Hotlist are posted for consultation on Health Canada's website for a 60-day comment period. In addition, a notice is sent to all notifiers who have submitted a Cosmetic Notification Form that includes any of the affected ingredients. Refer to the links below for any changes to the Hotlist, and current or previous consultations.
|Endpoint||Hazard Rating and Description||GS Score||HPD||C2C|
|Ingredients that are Prohibited for Use in Cosmetic Products||NoGS|
|Ingredients that are Restricted for Use in Cosmetic Products||NoGS|