The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for household cleaning products, hand soaps and body soaps. These products are regulated under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and the Food and Drugs Act (FDA). In order to facilitate the access and sales of certain consumer and cosmetic products, Health Canada has developed an interim policy.
Household cleaning products
The following household cleaning products regulated under the CCPSA is covered under the interim policy:
Under the policy, these household cleaning products will not need to fully meet the requirements under the CCPSA. This includes:
The interim policy does not change the priority for other regulatory requirements such as packaging requirements (child-resistant, leak-proof) and additional labelling information (instructions for safe use).
Hand and body soaps
The interim policy covers hand and body soaps, regulated as cosmetics under the FDA, used to clean the skin. The following are not covered:
Under the policy, these cosmetics will not need to fully meet the requirements under the FDA. This includes:
The interim policy does not change the priority for the other regulatory requirements under the applicable Regulations that apply to cosmetics. This includes labelling for avoidable hazards and prohibiting products that contain an ingredient that may cause injury. Requirements under the FDA, particularly sections 16-18, are still applicable to hand and body soaps.
Importing under the interim policy
Importers need to complete and email a form to Health Canada prior to import. This is available on the Health Canada website.
Importers will also be expected to:
Unless otherwise stated by Heath Canada, this interim policy will not be effective 3 months after all provinces and territories have concluded their state of emergency related to COVID-19.