Canada Reclassifies Antiperspirants as Cosmetics

Health Canada no longer considers aluminum or zirconium base antiperspirants as drugs under new regulations. Canada has determined that these products mode of action is “mechanical in nature” and does not correct, change or modify natural body functions. However, antiperspirants designed to reduce hyperhidrosis (overproduction of sweat) or claim to protect for more than 24 hours will continue to be classified as drugs. Marketing claims have also been modified and certain phrases such as “stops or prevents perspiration” or even “helps keep you dry”, will no longer be allowed. Companies have a grace period of six months to create and implement new cosmetic labels and a one-year grace period to deplete existing stocks.