Update to the Canadian Cosmetic Ingredients Hotlist 2024

June 11, 2024

In May 2024, Health Canada published significant updates to the Cosmetic Ingredients Hotlist, affecting both prohibited and restricted substances. These changes aim to enhance the safety of cosmetic products and protect consumer health.

New Additions:  

  • Basic Green 4: Prohibited due to developmental effects.
  • Benzophenone: Restricted following concerns over maternal health.
  • p-Chloro-m-cresol and Solvent Violet 13: Usage limitations due to potential health hazards.

Significant Revisions:

  • Secondary Dialkanolamines: Extended to include secondary alkyl and alkanolamines.
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids: Health Canada has clarified that Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs) are also subject to the restrictions in this category. The maximum allowable concentration is now set at 10%, with a minimum pH of 3.5 when used as exfoliating agents.
  • Hydroquinone: The maximum allowable concentration in non-medical cosmetic products is now 2%.
  • p-Hydroxyanisole: Approved usage up to a concentration of 0.1% in fragrances and lotions.
  • Talc: Extensive revision due to concerns about chronic exposure and non-carcinogenic risks.  

Industry Impact

These changes require cosmetic manufacturers to revise their formulations to ensure compliance. It is crucial for stakeholders in the cosmetics industry to understand and implement these updates to avoid health risks and regulatory penalties.

Changes to the Cosmetic Ingredients Hotlist in May 2024

Complete Cosmetic Ingredients Hotlist

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