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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

CCCR-What not to do: Episode 8- Container Translation


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Classification, Labelling, and Packaging of Chemical Substances and Mixtures – CLP

 The 28 countries in the European Union served as front-runners for being the first of few nations to enact GHS implementation into their existing labour legislations. To better unify trade locally within the scope of EU nations, but also globally, amongst Europe’s largest world trading partners, did the EU introduce its GHS aligned Classification, Labelling, and Packaging of Chemical Substances and Mixtures (CLP) regulations. The United Nations had specified that countries had the leverage to adopt certain aspects of GHS as needed; GHS implementation in Europe and other nations therefore utilize the introduced building block approach, which allows countries to adopt the hazard classes and categories as needed. Certain elements of Europe’s previous legislatures— the Dangerous Substances Directive (DSD) and Dangerous Products Directive (DPD) were retained, but in general The CLP serves to fully replace the previous systems for classifying and labelling substances and mixtures. Its enforcement came into effect on January 20th, 2009, whereby all substances had to be classified under CLP regulations by the December 1st, 2010 deadline, while mixtures, by the June 1st, 2015 deadline. CLP regulations are governed under Regulation (EC) NO 1272/2008, comprising the framework from which suppliers will use the GHS harmonized criteria for classifying and labelling substances and mixtures. GHS implementation has most predominantly affected their hazard communication system in terms of updating the rules for labelling chemical substances, and further revising requirements of the SDSs.

Classification procedures based on the criterion set out in Regulation (EC) NO 1272/2008, are to be carried out by manufacturers, importers, or downstream users that supply, import, and/or sell chemical substances, and mixtures. If evaluation of a substance or mixture has determined that it meets any of the criteria associated with physical, health, and/or environmental hazards, it then becomes subject to the rules of harmonized hazard classification. GHS implementation in the EU varies from other countries in how it went about adopting GHS, as only a confined set of elements were adopted into CLP regulations. It also differs in how classification procedures must also adhere to Europe’s independent non-GHS, Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH), in conjunction with CLP regulations.


Labelling requirements are now globally standardized as per GHS implementation, making inclusion of these specific informational elements a necessity:

  1. Name, address and telephone number of the supplier -- the manufacturer, importer, down-stream user, or distributor, that will retain the substance as is or as a constituent of a mixture.
  2. 2.    Nominal quantity (supposed amount) of substance or mixture when it is packaged for retail
  3. Product identifier – chemical name and CAS/EC number of a substance. The trade name, and disclosure of constituent substances pertaining to the hazard classification, is to be listed for mixtures.
  4. Hazard pictograms – GHS prescribed graphical compositions which convey hazardous information using specific symbols, colours, and shapes.
  5. Signal Words – usage of either ‘Danger’ or ‘Warning’ depending on the hazardous classification and grade of severity for hazards associated with substances or mixtures
  6. Hazard Statements – standardized GHS prescribed phrases assigned to hazard classes/categories, which work to describe the nature of the hazard.
  7. Precautionary Statements – GHS recommended measures of action one should take to minimize or prevent accidents associated with hazardous substances
  8. Applicable supplementary information – hazard statements prescribed from EU’S previous chemical substance legislation in pertinence to physical, health, and environmental hazards.

SDS sheets are also to be provided for substances or mixtures with hazard classifications, but content and formatting requirements are mandated by EU’S REACH instead of CLPTo maintain consistency, REACH SDS regulations are also modified by GHS implementation, once more fulfilling global hazard communication standards.


The many contingencies of GHS implementation in EU’S, CLP regulations are explained in detail in official Regulation (EC) NO 1272/2008 documentations, which you can find here. It is important to note, that the SDSs and labels of chemical products manufactured in other GHS-compliant countries will more often than not, require EU specific technical translation; direct use of international hazard communication documents may not fully comply with EU regulations, leading to the possibility of regulatory fines. Ultimately, in some way or another every country tends to differentially adopt elements of the GHS, this being largely dependent on: which revised edition their legislations are based upon; the chemical regulatory systems already in place within these countries; and lastly, the extent to which GHS implementation will affect the sale of hazardous chemical products.

For more information about GHS Implementation/ Compliance, REACH Compliance, and CLP Label Review for the European Union, please contact Nexreg


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CCCR- What not to do: Episode 6- Container gone wrong 


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CCCR- What not to do: Episode 5- Keep Hazard Statements Alive

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Episode 4: CCCR- What not to do

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Episode 3: CCCR- What not to do

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Episode 2: CCCR- What not to do

Tuesday, July 12, 2016




Tuesday, July 5, 2016

 Canada Post Strike

After months of negotiations, Canada Post has given a 72-hour lockout notice, with the result of a potential work stoppage beginning Friday July 8th, 2016.

The lock out comes after both Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), failed to reach an agreement. If there are no agreements made by Friday, Canada Post will not operate. This means that there will be no mail sent or received, and no new mail items will be accepted.

If you need to send items, such as payments to Nexreg, you can do so by:

  • Sending a check by a courier service (FedEx),
  • Visa or MasterCard, and
  • Wire Transfer.

Please contact us if you have any concerns at:

Telephone: +1 519 488 5126

Address: 1828 Blue Heron Drive- Suite 19, London, Ontario N6H 0B7, Canada

 For more information about the strike or potential lockout, please visit


Monday, May 16, 2016

OSHAThe Occupational Safety and Health Act of the 1970s, was created by the United States Department of Labor to prevent fatalities, injuries and illness within the workplace. This Act soon paved the way for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, now commonly known as, OSHA. 

OSHA is responsible for both setting and enforcing workplace health and safety standards for companies to comply with. Some of these standards include, having full fall protection and prevention of exposure to harmful substances that could be found within the workplace. To make sure employers are following these requirements, OSHA's highly trained professionals carry out workplace inspections without giving any notice. If the workplace does not comply with OSHA standards, the company will have to improve their workplace health and safety and will have a limited time to pay their citation. The companies that fail to pay their citation will face costly consequences and penalties.

In covering both employees and employers under the Federal Government, OSHA has had success cut the workplace fatality rate by more than half and has greatly reduced workplace related illness.

For more information about OSHA please visit their website. Please Visit Nexreg for more information about United States MSDS/SDS Services. 



Thursday, May 12, 2016

This is the 5th year in a row that a Nexreg team has attended the National Hardware Show, and predictably it did not disappoint.

We met with a large number of our client’s floor teams working the show to see how they were doing face to face. It is always an interesting experience being able to see the compliance work that Nexreg has provided to these clients on the physical products themselves. In other words, to witness the culmination of the full product development cycle. From product formulation, regulatory compliance, packaging and finally to the marketing and sales phase. It is a good feeling to reflect on the role the Nexreg team played, so that these products our clients produce can make it to market, and know that they are in compliance with the mandatory government labelling standards for chemical products.

It was nice to hear from a number of companies that we met for the first time this year that they are just now expanding into the North American market. These companies were looking for compliance with OSHA HAZCOM 2012, CPSC labelling, WHMIS 2015, CCCR 2001 and Mexico’s new NOM-018-STPS-2015 (GHS). Many of whom had manufacturing sites in Europe, Asia and Latin America, and were only vaguely aware of North American requirements. We were happy to fill them in on the particulars of compliance with the above regulations.

We also heard specific questions about expansion into the EU, India, Australia and Brazil from companies here in North America. Some of the requests were:

  • What is the status of GHS in these countries?
  • What version of the purple book are they using?
  • What are the local labelling, packaging and environmental regulations?
  • Is English an acceptable language in these countries?

At Nexreg we hear these questions all the time, and were quick to answer as well as provide additional resources.

As we finished exploring the show, our legs grew weak from all the walking, we concluded that there is an enormous demand for chemical regulatory services, and that many companies (even those with in-house regulatory departments) struggle to meet these demands. As we heard, there is an industry wide push to expand markets where products are sold, and the only way to ensure a smooth launch, is to ensure proper compliance with all product regulations.

The Nexreg team had a great time at the National Hardware Show, coupled with amazing Las Vegas weather and entertainment. We’ll be sure to return next year!    



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

We are excited that you have chosen to consider using Nexreg as a resource for quality chemical regulatory compliance. We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our company. 

Nexreg Compliance Inc. is a full Service chemical product MSDS/SDS authoring, and consumer/industrial label review company. The Nexreg team of consultants and partners are experts on chemical product related regulations in key jurisdictions, and facilitators of chemical product management worldwide.

In the beginning

Nexreg was founded in May 2005 by two young entrepreneurs, Mike Harvey and Mike Moffatt. Beyond their common first name, both share a passion for enhancing regulatory service, adapting a consulting business to rapid changes in technology and engaging clients. They hit the ground running by ensuring an online presence, expanding service offerings and setting high standards for quality. Word of mouth quickly lead to an increase in business that has created an environment of constant expansion and growth over Nexreg’s 11 year history. Here is where we are now.

We employ a great team.

Every consultant recruited by Nexreg is a university graduate, typically holding Bachelors and Masters level degrees in biology, chemistry, engineering and a number of other related fields. Nexreg strives to build a diversity of educational backgrounds in order to better respond to the multitude of regulatory issues presented by our clients.

We ensure rigorous training.

Although there is no official government mandated accreditation for professionals who author SDSs and provide regulatory compliance advice, we ensure that our consultants are well trained. Our regulatory specific training is a combination of In-house mentorship by senior staff, and a six month program with progressive advancement through our core competencies and the nuances of SDS authoring and label review.

To maintain high and consistent standards we utilize 3rd party industry experts to introduce GHS concepts and the latest developments in product classification and regulatory practices to our newest consultants. Once a consultant has completed the program and worked with clients for a period of time, they are periodically reviewed to ensure quality performance. When a consultant has achieved a reliable level of quality, they are encouraged and provided with opportunities to further their education in advanced environmental, health and safety topics that cover a worldwide scope.


We invest in quality

 Beyond the training program, Nexreg invests heavily to ensure that our consultants and clients have access to quality EH&S regulatory information and technology. We have access to multiple 3rd party regulatory databases, authoring software and the ability to monitor and track industry and government source data. We use these resources to access chemical data, product transport information, official regulatory text, governmental guidance and more.

Just ask our clients! A large number of current and past clients have generously provided us with testimonials that attest to our quality and customer service. You can find these testimonials and more on our website, or by asking your Nexreg representative. 

International Lubricants, Inc. has been very pleased with the international regulatory compliance services that Nexreg Compliance Inc. provides to us.  These services range from the generation of OSHA/WHMIS MSDS to CCCR compliance label reviews.  We can rely upon the accuracy of their information and their attention to detail.  In addition, their project turnaround times are excellent.

Wayne Everett, Ph.D.

International Lubricants, Inc.

We invest in speed.

Investments in quality are nothing without the ability to deliver in a timely fashion. The regulatory needs of our clients have firm deadlines which are often sudden and unexpected. We seek to ensure a transparent process from project start to finish, with open communication between us and our clients. Our turnaround times are the fastest in the industry, and we have a number of RUSH services to respond to our clients unexpected problems.

We reach out.

We believe in keeping our clients engaged in the regulatory process and well informed on new developments. To that end, Dr. Mike Moffatt, Nexreg’s Cofounder and Director of Communications spends a great deal of time developing regulatory content relevant to our clients. He presents this content through an engaging video and webinar series periodically throughout the year. If you have questions, Dr. Moffatt and his team will be quick to respond and happy to help.

Do you attend industry trade shows, conferences and meetings? Chances are you will see a Nexreg representative there. We constantly endeavor to research new opportunities to engage with our clients face to face, answer their questions and determine what we can do to solve their problems.

You can also reach us through our social media. Find us on YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and you will be able to access regulatory content made available through our interactions with clients, industry professionals and other resources. Feel free to post!   

We guarantee our work.

We stand behind our work and guarantee its accuracy and compliance with government standards and regulations. All of our service offerings use quality information that we can verify through several sources. Additionally, we have an extensive review process involving multiple consultants at every critical stage in a project. If an issue arises, swift and immediate action is taken to achieve resolution. Further, clients can rest assured knowing that all of our work is fully insured against errors and omissions. For more details please contact your Nexreg representative.  

We are discrete and secure.

Our clients rely on us to safeguard their confidential information; a duty we take very seriously. Formally this is achieved through contractual terms with our clients and our employees. We also have a number of internal policies and procedures to prevent accidental release of confidential information. These internal practices are reviewed often.

Our server is secure, beyond extensive firewalls, antivirus software, anti-hacking software and 24hr IT support, physical access to the server is limited to key personnel. Digital access is granted only to those who are permitted as defined by contractual terms. Server access is routinely monitored. No document is released without client written approval.

We hope to work with you soon.

 Thank you for the opportunity to introduce our company! If you have any further questions, please contact your Nexreg representative and they will be happy to elaborate on any point made here. We’re looking forward to working with you!


Monday, July 6, 2015

Affected products

Various TAB>U Style Hair Products

Product description

This recall involves the following TAB>U Style hair products in pressurized containers.

Various TAB>U Style Hair Products in Pressurized Containers
Product UPC TAB>U Style Volume Boost Mousse 8033315056587 TAB>U Style Curl Kick Mousse 8033315056594 TAB>U Style Eco Force Spray 8033315056600 TAB>U Style Slinky Shine Spray 8033315056563 TAB>U Style Dry Volume Shampoo 8033315056532 TAB>U Style Hard Lock Spray 8033315056709


Hazard identified

The recalled hair products do not meet labelling requirements for pressurized containers and potentially flammable products under the Cosmetics Regulations and Food and Drugs Act. This lack of labelling information, including lack of appropriate warnings, could result in serious injury.

Neither Health Canada nor Universal Connect Corp has received reports of consumer incidents or injuries to Canadians related to the use of the affected products.

Number sold

Approximately 218 units of the recalled product were sold to Canadians.

Time period sold

The recalled hair products were sold from May 2014 to June 2015 at various salons across Ontario.

Place of origin

Manufactured in Italy.


Universal Connect Corp

Images (select thumbnail to enlarge) TAB>U Style Volume Boost Mousse TAB>U Style Curl Kick Mousse TAB>U Style Eco Force Spray TAB>U Style Slinky Shine Spray TAB>U Style Dry Volume Shampoo TAB>U Style Hard Lock Spray


What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cosmetics and return them to their place of purchase for corrective labelling.

Consumers may also contact Universal Connect Corp by telephone at 416-801-2454 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET, Monday through Saturday, or by email.

Alternatively, the product can be disposed of as per Municipal Hazardous Waste Guidelines. Consumers are asked to contact their municipality for instructions on disposing aerosol containers.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Affected products

Dr. ColorChip Automotive Touch-Up Paint and SealAct Blending Solution

Product description

This recall involves Dr. ColorChip Automotive Touch-Up Paint (available in 1 oz. and 1.5 oz. clear bottles) and Dr. ColorChip SealAct Blending Solution (available in 1 oz., 2 oz. and 4 oz. plastic bottles) sold as part of 4 different repair kits. The touch-up paint was available in various colours.

The repair Kits have the following SKUs:
Product Name SKU
Dr. ColorChip Squirt 'n Squeegee Paint Chip Repair Kit SNS
Dr. ColorChip Road Rash Paint Chip Repair Kit RR
Dr. ColorChip Standard Paint Chip Repair Kit S
Dr. ColorChip Basic Paint Chip Repair Kit B

Hazard identified

Health Canada’s sampling and evaluation program has revealed that the products do not meet labelling requirements for consumer chemical products under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.

The consumer products do not have proper hazard labelling required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act. The improper labelling could result in unintentional exposure to these products and lead to serious illness, injury or death.

Neither Health Canada nor Dr. ColorChip has received any reports of consumer incidents related to the use of this product.

Number sold

Approximately 3000 units of the recalled products were sold directly to consumers through online sales.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold in Canada between January 2007 and November 2014.

Place of origin

Manufactured in the United States.


Dr. ColorChip Corporation
Lake Park

Images (select thumbnail to enlarge)

Dr. ColorChip SealAct Blending Solution


What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and dispose of them according to Municipal Hazardous Waste Guidelines. Consumers may contact the manufacturer by email or by telephone at 1-866-372-2548 for more information about the recall.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Canada’s national hazard communication standard, is changing to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) – an internationally recognized standard for hazard classification and communication.

On February 11, 2015, the Government of Canada published the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR).

The new WHMIS, called “WHMIS 2015”, is based on the new requirements contained the HPR and HPA, as amended in 2014.

The original WHMIS, which remained virtually unchanged since 1988, is not being replaced but rather updated to align as closely as possible with the United States Hazard Communication Standard (2012).  

The Government of Canada expects WHMIS 2015 to help strengthen worker health and safety, facilitate trade with the United States, and enhance the competitiveness of Canadian suppliers of workplace chemicals.

While WHMIS 2015 includes new harmonized criteria for hazard classification and requirements for labels and safety data sheets, the roles and responsibilities for suppliers, employers and workers have not changed. Health Canada and the federal, provincial and territorial occupational health and safety agencies will also retain the same roles and responsibilities established with WHMIS 1988.

A multi-phase transition period provides time to adapt to the regulatory changes.  At the outset, manufacturers, importers and distributors of hazardous chemicals can comply with either the original WHMIS 1988 or the newly revised WHMIS 2015, incorporating the GHS.  

Health Canada has worked in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) to develop and release helpful resources about WHMIS 2015.  By visiting the CCOHS website, you may register and freely view fact sheets and e-courses entitled “WHMIS after GHS: An Introduction”, “WHMIS after GHS: How Suppliers Can Prepare”, and “WHMIS (After GHS) for Workers”.

Information may also be found on Health Canada’s website at or at a new, nationally coordinated information portal

In addition, Health Canada has produced some awareness materials, which you may wish to use to raise awareness within your organizations. To obtain these materials, please contact us at either 1-855-407-2665 or via email to



I just wanted to take a moment to say how we value the compliance service we have received from Nexreg. In the past two years our company has been faced with many challenges related to the sales of hazardous products in the US and Canada and Nexreg has been an excellent resource to help us ensure compliance to the ever changing regulatory environment.
Mark Kenow, Plasti Dip International