Classification of Products at the Cosmetic-Drug Interface: A Deeper Look

Classification of Products at the Cosmetic-Drug Interface: A Deeper Look

Many products fall under the cosmetic-drug interface. These are products that may share the characteristics of both a cosmetic and drug, as defined in the Food and Drugs Act, making them more difficult to classify. Such products may include acne therapy, anti-perspirants, sunburn protectants, tooth whiteners, and many others. In Canada, these products can be regulated by the Cosmetic Regulations, Food and Drug Regulations, or the Natural Health Products Regulations, depending on their ingredients and the claims they make.

dicentra will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday May 26th, 2010 which was created to help clarify how products of this nature are classified, to capitalize on allowable health claims, and to save time and money by avoiding unnecessary regulatory burdens as a result of misclassification. Topics covered include:

  • procedures on how to accurately classify your product as a cosmetic, natural health product, or drug
  • an overview of the regulatory requirements for each category and how they differ;
  • instructions on how to mitigate risk and ensure regulatory compliance;
  • strategies to capitalize on allowable, unique and strong claims; and,
  • a list of product categories that have recently experienced a category transition.

This seminar is being presented by Anne Wilkie. Anne is the former Vice President and Head of Regulatory Affairs for the Canadian Health Food Association, Canada's largest trade association representing the interests of retailers and suppliers of natural products and organics. Anne held this role for the past 10 years during which time she developed and led the regulatory program for the CHFA and was actively involved in the creation and implementation of the Natural Health Products Regulations and consultations on the Organic Products Regulations. Prior to the CHFA, Anne worked for Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in a variety of roles including Laboratory Analyst, Food and Drug Inspector and Nutrition Program Specialist.

Only ten days remain to register! To read more about this and other training events hosted by dicentra, please visit

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:00 PM Eastern Time
60 minutes followed by a 30 minute question and answer period
Presented by: Anne Wilkie
1 Certificate of Course Completion issued to the attendee, and archive of the PowerPoint and audio to keep forever

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