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Environment Canada Undertakes Enforcement Actions target Silicone Polymer Commonly Used in cosmetics

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Further to CA’s member update issued May 26, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is currently undertaking an “enforcement blitz” with respect to Perfluorononyl Dimethicone – a silicone polymer commonly used in cosmetics to provide a ‘slip and feel’ aesthetic as well as water/sweat-proofing benefits. 


Perfluorononyl Dimethicone is a substance subject to a Significant New Activity (SNAc) Notice – 14673 (2007).   This SNAc sets out a series of information requirements that must be submitted to authorities PRIOR to the substance being introduced into Canada for specific activities considered to be ‘new’ as identified in the SNAC.  In this case, the use/import of this ingredient in a cosmetic/personal care product would be considered a “new activity” for which supplemental data must be notified at least 90 days prior to commencing these activities through the submission of a Significant New Activity Notification (SNAN).

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is presently undertaking an enforcement blitz in respect of this SNAc.  Their activities appear to be focused on the presence of this substance in certain cosmetic (eye and lip) pencils produced and supplied by Schwan Cosmetics (Germany); although it is probable that activities could extend beyond these specific products, given the nature of the SNAc.



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