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 […]

Packaging and Labelling Requirements for Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers in Beverage and Food Containers

On October 2, 2020, Health Canada released a new policy for manufacturers that package their alcohol-based hand sanitizers in food and beverage containers. The policy aims to reduce accidental ingestion of alcohol-based hand sanitizers that are packaged in these containers.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the high demand for hand sanitizer has led to […]

Philippines mandates GHS labelling and reinstates licensing requirements for household cleaning products and pesticides

On 19 August 2020, the Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published FDA Circular No. 2025-025 on its website, which finalized updated labeling, licensing, and registration requirements for household/urban hazardous substance products (HUHS). The Circular, which will become effective in August 2023, implements Guidelines of Administrative Order No. 2019-0019, “Reinstatement of Licensing as Importers, Exporters, […]

California bans mercury, formaldehyde, and other harmful substances from cosmetics

On 30 September 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2762 into law, making California the first US state to ban the sale of cosmetics containing more than trace amounts of 24 toxic substances. The Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, effective 1 January 2025, will ban the manufacture of sale of cosmetics containing listed substances linked to […]

Brexit guidance to help UK organizations comply with REACH chemical regulations

The United Kingdom (UK) has left the European Union (EU), and the Brexit transition period ends this this year. On 1 January 2021 UK REACH, the UK’s independent chemicals regulatory framework, comes into force. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has published guidance to help UK companies achieve compliance with REACH chemical […]

India Proposed Draft Chemicals (Management and Safety) Rules

India has proposed the latest version of draft Rules, a notification, registration, and restriction approach. The draft Rules are to come into force on the date of their official publication, expected December 2020 or early 2021. The “Rules apply to all Substances, Substances in Mixtures and Intermediates that are Manufactured, Imported, Placed or intended to […]

Health Canada Releases Industry Guide for Vaping Products in Canada

Health Canada has released an industry guide for vaping products that is subject to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and Part 2 of the Vaping Products Labelling and Packaging Regulations (VPLPR). The guide, Industry Guide to Vaping Products Subject to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act provides information on requirements under the Canada […]