China to Waive Animal Testing for Imported General Use Cosmetics

China’s National Medical Products Administration’s (NMPA) has finalized Provisions for Management of Cosmetic Registration and Notification Dossiers (previously Instructions for Cosmetic Registration and Notification Dossiers) and will waive its requirements for pre-market animal testing for imported, general use cosmetics from May 1, 2021. This exemption will only apply to general use products, which make up […]

OEHHA Deliberating Amendments to California’s Proposition 65 Regulations

On January 8, 2021, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released proposed amendments to Article 6 of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65). The proposed amendments are intended to address the OEHHA’s concerns over the current use of short-form warnings for consumer products and to provide clarification […]

Canadian Regulations Amending the Hazardous Product Regulations (GHS, Seventh Revised Edition)

Health Canada is proposing to amend the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) to align with the seventh revised edition of the UN GHS. This amendment was published on December 19, 2020. The objectives of the proposal to amend the Hazardous Products Regulations is to provide greater clarity about specific provisions. To adopt the 7th edition of […]

Public comments requested for OSHA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the revision of the Hazard Communication Standard

On February 16th, 2021, the United States Government Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with Revision 7 of the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The revision has three main goals: 1) to […]

Updates to Using Isopropyl Alcohol in Hand Sanitizers

The Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) has updated the Interim guide on isopropyl alcohol for use in alcohol-based hand sanitizers and disinfectants. The updates include additional information on good manufacturing practices (GMP) requirements under the Natural Health Products Regulation (NHPR), manufacturing responsibilities and clarification on the application of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) in alcohol-based […]

Health Canada releases report on the 2019-2020 Cyclical Enforcement (CE) project

On January 20th, 2022, Health Canada released a new Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report which summarizes corrective actions taken regarding the compliance of consumer chemicals in Canada. The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and its regulations are enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Program (CPSP) which recently completed a Cyclical Enforcement (CE) project for […]

Health Canada request Questionnaire for Temporary COVID-19 Site License Holders

The Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) has released a questionnaire to industry member who sell alcohol-based hand sanitizers in Canada. The purpose is to strategically plan and determine next steps for temporary site licensees. Back in spring 2020 when COVID-19 was given pandemic status in North America, Health Canada announced that companies wishing […]

Canada’s WHMIS GHS regulations to be amended

On December 19th, 2020, proposed amendments were published regarding the Hazardous Products Regulations and Schedule 2 of the Hazardous Products Act. The main regulation change is to align with the GHS Revision 7 criteria, instead of the currently used 5th version. This results in a new Non-flammable Aerosol hazard category and new Flammable Gases subcategories. […]

Canada releases proposed Nicotine regulations for vaping products

On December 19th, 2020, Health Canada published a proposed Concentration of Nicotine in Vaping Products Regulations. If implemented, the regulations would allow for a maximum of 20 mg/mL nicotine within vaping products sold in Canada. The Vaping Products Labelling and Packaging Regulations (VPLPR) would also be amended to align with this new limit. This new proposed […]