China to Waive Animal Testing for Imported General Use Cosmetics

China’s National Medical Products Administration’s (NMPA) has finalized Provisions for Management of Cosmetic Registration and Notification Dossiers (previously Instructions for Cosmetic Registration and Notification Dossiers) and will waive its requirements for pre-market animal testing for imported, general use cosmetics from May 1, 2021. This exemption will only apply to general use products, which make up […]

OEHHA Deliberating Amendments to California’s Proposition 65 Regulations

On January 8, 2021, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released proposed amendments to Article 6 of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65). The proposed amendments are intended to address the OEHHA’s concerns over the current use of short-form warnings for consumer products and to provide clarification […]

Canadian Regulations Amending the Hazardous Product Regulations (GHS, Seventh Revised Edition)

Health Canada is proposing to amend the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) to align with the seventh revised edition of the UN GHS. This amendment was published on December 19, 2020. The objectives of the proposal to amend the Hazardous Products Regulations is to provide greater clarity about specific provisions. To adopt the 7th edition of […]

Updates to Using Isopropyl Alcohol in Hand Sanitizers

The Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) has updated the Interim guide on isopropyl alcohol for use in alcohol-based hand sanitizers and disinfectants. The updates include additional information on good manufacturing practices (GMP) requirements under the Natural Health Products Regulation (NHPR), manufacturing responsibilities and clarification on the application of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) in alcohol-based […]

Health Canada releases report on the 2019-2020 Cyclical Enforcement (CE) project

On January 20th, 2022, Health Canada released a new Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report which summarizes corrective actions taken regarding the compliance of consumer chemicals in Canada. The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and its regulations are enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Program (CPSP) which recently completed a Cyclical Enforcement (CE) project for […]

Philippines mandates GHS labelling and reinstates licensing requirements for household cleaning products and pesticides

On 19 August 2020, the Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published FDA Circular No. 2025-025 on its website, which finalized updated labeling, licensing, and registration requirements for household/urban hazardous substance products (HUHS). The Circular, which will become effective in August 2023, implements Guidelines of Administrative Order No. 2019-0019, “Reinstatement of Licensing as Importers, Exporters, […]

California bans mercury, formaldehyde, and other harmful substances from cosmetics

On 30 September 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2762 into law, making California the first US state to ban the sale of cosmetics containing more than trace amounts of 24 toxic substances. The Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, effective 1 January 2025, will ban the manufacture of sale of cosmetics containing listed substances linked to […]

India Proposed Draft Chemicals (Management and Safety) Rules

India has proposed the latest version of draft Rules, a notification, registration, and restriction approach. The draft Rules are to come into force on the date of their official publication, expected December 2020 or early 2021. The “Rules apply to all Substances, Substances in Mixtures and Intermediates that are Manufactured, Imported, Placed or intended to […]

Health Canada Releases Industry Guide for Vaping Products in Canada

Health Canada has released an industry guide for vaping products that is subject to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and Part 2 of the Vaping Products Labelling and Packaging Regulations (VPLPR). The guide, Industry Guide to Vaping Products Subject to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act provides information on requirements under the Canada […]