Canada: Proposed Amendments on Toxic Substances Regulations Delayed


18 August 2021

Copy of Blog Thumbnail - Option 2 (4)The Government of Canada has announced a further delay in the publication of the proposed amendments to the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012.

consultation document outlining the proposed amendments to the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations was published in late 2018 for public comments. As discussed in the Executive Summary, the "proposed regulatory approach is to remove or provide time limits for exemptions for perfluorooctane sulfonate, its salts and precursors that contain one of the following groups: C8F17SO2, C8F17SO3 or C8F17SO2N (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid which has the molecular formula C7F15CO2H, its salts and precursors (PFOA), long chain perfluorocarboxylic acids that have the molecular formula CnF2n+1CO2H in which 8 ≤ n ≤ 20, their salts and precursors (LC-PFCAs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), to phase out the use of these substances."

The amendments also propose to prohibit the manufacture, import, use, sale and offer for sale of dechlorane plus (DP) and decabromodiphenyl ethane (DBDPE), and products that contain them, should their final screening assessment reports confirm that they are toxic under section 64 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999).

The official title of the proposed amendment is "Consultation Document on Proposed Amendments to the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 for PFOS, PFOA, LC-PFCAs, HBCD, PBDEs, DP and DBDPE (December 2018).

Publication in Part I of the Canada Gazette is now expected in fall 2021. 

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