New EU hazard classes are being considered under the CLP GHS

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 […]

Canadian Policy Labs now concluded

We have now finished our last consultation sessions with the Government of Canada’s Policy Lab. The first week of October, Nexreg participated in discussions about three possible models for prototyping and testing. This now concludes the fourth phase of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada’s plan to improve supply chain transparency and consumer […]

What is the purpose of the Consumer Product Safety Act & how does it protect us?

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 […]

Framework for the regulation of manufactured nanomaterials in Canada open for public comment

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 […]

Recent and upcoming activity in Canada’s regulatory sphere

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 […]

Canada lifts their interim policy for labelling of workplace cleaning products

  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 […]

CLP Annex VIII in Great Britain: update to notification procedures

In early 2022, Great Britain’s National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) announced that poison centre notification (PCN) according to Annex VIII harmonized format was retroactively mandatory for consumer and professional use mixtures placed on the Great Britain (GB) market after January 1, 2021. This announcement left chemical manufacturers and suppliers scrambling to get their notifications in […]

Canada Enacts VOC Regulations for Consumer and Commercial Products

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 […]

CLP Annex VIII in Great Britain: What’s the scoop?

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 in Early 2022

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 […]