Canada’s Chemical Management Plan (CMP) is aimed at reducing the risks posed by chemicals to Canadians and their environment. One of the policy options Canada is considering incorporating in the post-2020 phase is informed substitution – “the considered transition from a chemical of concern to safer chemicals or non-chemical alternatives”.


The Canadian government commissioned the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production to examine how Canada can advance alternatives assessments in its future approaches. Based on the study, a post 2020-plan would try to address “bad actors” and encourage the “development, adoption, and use of chemicals and chemical products that are safer and more sustainable, promoting the goals of green chemistry”.


The government is seeking input on informed substitution and as part of the consultation is looking to answer the following questions:



    • Who should be involved in informed substitution considerations, and what role does each play?


    • Are there elements missing from the study?


    • What are the potential costs, benefits and impacts of informed substitution?



Comments will be accepted until March 18, 2019.


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