Canadians love their pets and animals, so it’s no surprise that animal products – including food products, veterinary drugs and cosmetic/grooming products are a growing market up North.
Veterinary drugs administered to food-producing and companion animals are treated in the same manner as drugs for humans. They are evaluated by Health Canada for safety, efficacy and quality and are issued a Drug Identification Number (D.I.N.) once they have passed government scrutiny. Veterinary drugs can be classified as prescription or non- prescription drugs. In addition, companies involved in the fabrication, packaging /labeling, testing, importation, distribution and/or wholesaling of veterinary drugs must possess a valid Establishment License.
The following products intended for animal use are classified as cosmetics and are subject to the provisions of the Food & Drugs Act and Cosmetic Regulations.
- Improving or altering the complexion skin, hair or teeth
- Deodorants and Perfumes
The regulatory framework includes mandatory notification of all cosmetic products, safety of ingredients and products, as well as product labeling. We will assist you in all of the regulatory steps involved in getting your product into the Canadian market. Contact us today!
Up until 2011, animal grooming products were classified as cosmetics by Health Canada; however they are now considered to be “consumer products” and are subject to the Canada Consumer Products Safety Act and the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations.