Main Content

COS applauds move to regulate cosmetic contact lenses

On July 29, 2015, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced that Health Canada is advancing regulations that will require the same medical-device safety standards for non-corrective or ‘cosmetic’ contact lenses as prescription or corrective contact lenses.

As medical devices, cosmetic contact lenses will be subject to specific requirements for licensing, manufacturing, labeling, and instructions to improve their safety before they go on the market. The new regulations relating to non-corrective contact lenses will come into effect July 16, 2016.

We’re delighted to see these new regulations are moving ahead. Health Canada’s landmark report, “Human Health Risk Assessment of Cosmetic Contact Lens,” concluded that there is no difference between how cosmetic contact lenses and corrective contact lenses are inserted and interact with the eye and should be regulated the same.”

Dr. Allan Slomovic, MSc, MD, FRCS(C)
President, Canadian Ophthalmological Society

Government news release:
Government adopts measures to make cosmetic contact lenses safer

See joint news release:
Vision health professionals applaud government’s decision to classify non-corrective ‘cosmetic’ contact lenses as Class II medical devices

Les professionnels de la santé oculovisuelle félicitent le gouvernement d’avoir décidé de classer les lentilles de contact à but esthétique non correctrices comme des instruments médicaux de classe II