As of July 16, 2016, decorative contact lenses will be regulated as Class II medical devices in Canada.

Manufacturers will be required to obtain a medical device licence before advertising or selling decorative contact lenses.

Health Canada will be implementing a 12-month transition period to allow manufacturers of decorative contact lenses to obtain their Class II medical device licence.

After July 16, 2017, all manufacturers, importers and distributors who sell decorative contact lenses in Canada may face enforcement action if their lenses are not licensed by Health Canada.