Cosmetic Label Compliance & French Translation

Get assistance from our team of cosmetic regulatory experts to ensure your product ingredients follow INCI format, your labels meet the necessary requirements, and cosmetic notification is filed with Health Canada. Our French translator can help ensure your label is bilingual and includes both English and French text.

Selling Cosmetic Products in Canada

Selling cosmetic products in Canada requires you to have mandatory ingredient labeling, as per the Cosmetic Regulations. All ingredients must follow the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) format. The mandatory INCI ingredient labeling applies only to cosmetics. The remainder of the label text must be bilingual, in both English and French.

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Why does Canada require bilingual labels?

Canada has two official languages: English and French. Therefore, product labels must include both the English and French languages. Labels should be easily readable and must follow all other labeling obligations outlined in the Cosmetic Regulations and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act. 

  • French must have the same impact as English
  • French text needs to appear in the same size as the English text
  • This rule applies to all cosmetic products sold in Quebec.

Cosmetic Label Compliance in Canada

We evaluate your product label (symbols, ingredient list, legal requirements) to ensure it adheres to Health Canada’s Cosmetic Regulations. Our French Translator has 25+ years of experience and has translated and reviewed thousands of cosmetic labels. We are happy to assist you with a French translation solution to meet the requirement of bilingual labels.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Cosmetic Label

Selling cosmetic products in Canada requires you to have mandatory ingredient labeling, as per the Cosmetic Regulations. All ingredients must follow the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) format. The mandatory INCI ingredient labeling applies only to cosmetics. The label must be bilingual, in both English and French. Furthermore, a Cosmetic Notification must be submitted to Health Canada within 10 days of the first sale of your product in Canada.

Canada has two official languages: English and French. So, labels must be in English and French language. Any packaging/label text should be easily readable and must follow all other labeling obligations outlined in the Cosmetic Regulations and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act. There are also bilingual requirements that the product must meet set by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. 

  • French must have the same impact as English
  • French text needs to appear in the same size as the English text
  • This rule applies to all cosmetic products sold in Quebec.

There are a few key items that must appear on cosmetic labels in Canada; an ingredient list (in INCI format), the identity of the product, bilingual text (French and English), a statement of net quantity and the manufacturer/distributor information.

Reviewing a cosmetic label includes looking for details such as the name of the product, ingredients in INCI format, name & address of the manufacturer, net quantity, etc.  All the above information needs to be legible and verified for each product that gets produced.

Since Canada is a bilingual country (English & French), the information appearing on cosmetic product labels must be in both official languages.

All ingredients (excluding those that are less than 1% in quantity) should be declared on a cosmetic label in descending order of concentration in the product itself. The ingredient names must follow the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) format.

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