In September the European Commission published an initiative to update the rules on classification, labelling and packaging (CLP). The commission introduces the possibility of endocrine disruptors, Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic or Very Persistent, Very Bioaccumulative (PBT/vPvB) and Persistent, Mobile and Toxic or Very Persistent, Very Mobile (PMT/vPvM) chemicals becoming official classification hazards, effectively amending the […]

In Canada, the Consumer Product Safety Act protects consumers by “addressing or preventing dangers to human health or safety that are posed by consumer products in Canada, including those that circulate within Canada and those that are imported.” The Act does not apply to tobacco products, natural health products, or other products outlined in Schedule […]

Canada’s draft Framework for the Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials was released June 17, 2022 for a public comment period of 60 days. Nanomaterials are currently regulated under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 which utilizes the Domestic Substances List (DSL) to distinguish between substances that are in commerce (existing) or new to the Canadian […]

Health Canada has several initiatives in progress to address current and future regulatory matters pertaining to the chemical industry. Below is a summary of activity and their associated deadlines:   1) Input for upcoming United Nations committee meeting The 42nd session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification […]

  Why was the policy introduced? In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented situation leading to concerns around supply shortages for workplace hazardous cleaning products. Suppliers, who were identifying a growing global demand for cleaning products, informed Health Canada of potential shortages. In order to support the health and safety of Canadians, Health Canada […]

On January 5th, 2022, Canada’s Department of the Environment has published the long awaited Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations (SOR/2021-268). This effectively enacts Canada’s Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) regulations for consumer and commercial products. Canada’s regulations will come into force on January 1, 2023. The maximum VOC concentration limits for manufacture […]

As part of Brexit, Great Britain (GB) replaced the European Union (EU) Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemical Substances and Mixtures (CLP) Regulation with the GB CLP Regulation effective January 1, 2021. This meant that GB-based importers and downstream users were not obligated to submit poison centre notification to GB’s National Poisons Information Service (NPIS), […]

Regulatory deadlines for chemical/hazardous products are continually updated throughout various jurisdictions. Chemical manufacturers and distributors are reminded of upcoming deadlines in early 2022 for various new regulations, public consultations, and information exchange outlined below: January 1 United States Manufacturers and all subsequent distributors must make test summaries available for lithium cell batteries January 1 China […]

The California Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2020 (SB 312) came into effect on January 1, 2022, and only applies to the State of California in the USA. Its purpose is to allow consumers and industry professionals to make informed purchasing decisions by providing them with cosmetic product ingredient information. […]

The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) published proposed amendments to the short form Proposition 65 (Prop 65) warning regulation. These amendments are in response to the comments received from the original proposal. The OEHHA has modified the proposed regulation to improve the short-form warnings to provide consumers more specific information, […]