The Canadian Consumer Product Safety Act was reintroduced in parliament in June as Bill C-36. Two previous attempts to pass the legislation, which has all party backing, failed after parliament was either dissolved or prorogued…The new law would give Canada’s regulators more powers in dealing with products that could pose a danger to health or safety. They overhaul existing legislation that proved inadequate to deal with high-profile safety scandals in 2007 and 2008 involving lead paint in children’s toys and melamine in infant formula.
“Bill C-36 will introduce a revolutionary upheaval in product regulation in Canada,” said Peter Pliszka, a partner in Fasken Martineau’s Toronto office. “For the first 140 years of Canadian history these things have not existed from a regulatory perspective.”
The bill proposes strict new reporting rules on businesses. Any supplier will have to report to Health Canada within two days of becoming aware of any problem with a product that may pose a threat to human health.That includes incorrect labeling, defects, or examples of use of the product that has or could lead to injury anywhere in the world, not just in Canada. A more detailed report must be submitted within 10 days.
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