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May 9 – Proposed Technical Amendments to the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 (CCCR-2001)

We have posted about this issue before, but it is important enough that it warrants a second mention. Health Canada has available their Proposed Technical Amendments to the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 (CCCR-2001). One piece of particular interest to some of our clients is Section 5:

5. Spray Containers that have a Flashback

Spray containers that exhibit a flashback are not prohibited if they meet section 53. However, this exception does not apply to products classified by the other “very flammable” criteria, such as spray containers that have a flame projection of 100 cm or more, or that contain a liquid with a flash point of less than -18°C.

Clearer wording will lead to the appropriate restriction of very flammable products. The proposed text for item 2 to the table to section 53 (above) reflects this amendment.

This amendment would ban for sale a great number of products which are currently available at car care centers, home improvement stores, and big box retailers.

From discussions with clients, other regulatory compliance firms, and government officials, we are left with the impression that these technical amendments will be enacted very soon. We expect a great number of companies will be receiving warning letters soon, if not having their products pull from the shelf.

We are highly recommending to our clients that, if possible, they act as if these amendments are already in force. Making any necessary changes now will save a lot of headaches down the road.

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