News from Health Canada Consumer Product Safety Program Update

The Consumer Product Safety Program would like to inform you that the Industry Guide to the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001, Third Edition, is now available.

Health Canada’s mandate is to help protect the health and safety of Canadians. Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Program is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and its associated regulations.

Key Takeaways

For a chemical product to be subject to the requirements set out in the CCCR, 2001, it must first be classified as a consumer product that is subject to the CCPSA. To understand the scope of products that the CCPSA applies to, it is important to consider the definition of a “consumer product” as well as the range of consumer products that are excluded from the application of the Act.

The term consumer product is defined in the CCPSA as:

“a product, including its components, parts, or accessories, that may reasonably be expected to be obtained by an individual to be used for non-commercial purposes, including for domestic, recreational, and sports purposes, and includes its packaging.”

Excluded Products

Below are examples of consumer products regulated under other acts to which the CCPSA and its associated regulations do not apply:

  • tobacco products: Tobacco and Vaping Products Act
  • natural health products: Food and Drugs Act
  • cosmetics: Food and Drugs Act
  • drugs: Food and Drugs Act
  • explosives: Explosives Act
  • food: Food and Drugs Act
  • medical devices: Food and Drugs Act
  • nuclear substances: Nuclear Safety and Control Act
  • pest control products: Pest Control Products Act
  • cannabis products: Cannabis Act

The above list of exclusions is not intended to be exhaustive. Please refer to Section 4 and Schedule 1 of the CCPSA for complete information.

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ARGO is available for consultation regarding importing into Canada and exporting globally. If you or your business need assistance with product classification or the regulations, please do not hesitate to contact us. All inquiries are welcome.