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Canadian cosmetics regulations, like European Union regulations, are stricter than those in the United States.

The Canadian government recently created a Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist that includes hundreds of prohibited and restricted chemicals and contaminants such as formaldehyde, triclosan, selenium, nitrosamines and 1,4-dioxane all of which are allowed in U.S. products.

In addition, cosmetic manufacturers are required to register their products and disclose a list of ingredients and the concentration of each ingredient used. Labeling requirements that went into effect in November 2006 in Canada require ingredient lists to appear on all cosmetic product labels. Increased disclosure is making choosing safe products easier for Canadian consumers.

According to the Health Canada Web site, "[o]nly ingredients that do not pose an unreasonable health and safety risk to the Canadian public, when used according to directions, are allowed in cosmetic products."

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Health Canada: Cosmetic Ingredient "Hotlist"