Following new guidance on the classification of products on the cosmetics drug interface, aluminium containing antiperspirants are now classified as cosmetics in Canada.
According to regulatory body Health Canada, manufacturers of such products will need to change their labels and their product claims in order to fit with cosmetics regulation in the country.
New labels must list all ingredients in descending order by weight, using INCI names and contain caution messages to make sure the products are used safely.
On all products the message ‘Discontinue use if rash or irritation occurs. Do not use on broken skin’ must be included, while on aerosolized products the words ‘Keep away from face and avoid inhalation and spraying in the eyes. Keep out of reach of children’ must appear.
In addition US Drug Facts style labelling can no longer be used and the DIN/NPN numbers (Drug Identification Number and Natural Product Numbers that were necessary to market such products) cannot appear on the label.
Health Canada explains that the percentages of aluminium can still be featured on the label but no mention of medicinal ingredients must be made.
Claims must fit cosmetics regulation
Claims must also fit the Cosmetics Regulation which means ‘therapeutic strength’ and ‘persistent protection’ are no longer permitted for cosmetic antiperspirants.
Manufacturers will have until December 2011 to create and implement new cosmetic labels, the regulatory body has stated.
Affected manufacturers must also reclassify their products as a cosmetic.
Those holding DIN numbers will be given 30 days from the date they are notified by the Drugs Directorate to get notification as a cosmetic, before their DIN number expires.
However, the product licence for holders of the NPN numbers will be cancelled as soon as the notification from the natural health product’s directorate is sent out.
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