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Triclosan declared Toxic in Canada

By: Joe McCarthy, Senior regulatory Affairs Specialist, email

Triclosan is used an antibacterial active ingredient in a wide range of Consumer products such as antibacterial hand sanitizer, hand soaps, toothpastes and cosmetics. These products are covered under the Food and Drugs Act and Triclosan is often used as an active ingredient in a DIN registered product or as a preservative in an NHP or cosmetic.

Triclosan known to be is toxic to a variety of aquatic organisms and following review under the ongoing Chemical Management Plan (CMP), Environment Canada has found that Triclosan is entering the environment in sufficient quantities to meet the criteria of toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act Section 64(a); “have or may have an immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment or its biological diversity

In response to that finding Environment Canada is proposing that Triclosan be added to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act List of Toxic Substances (Schedule 1), which would require the government to implement a Risk Management mechanism.

The proposed Risk Management mechanism for Triclosan is to implement Pollution Prevention Plans (P2) for manufacturers and importers to reduce the amount of Triclosan used in Consumer Products.

The likely outcome of a P2 plan is that manufacturers and importers will likely formulate out of using Triclosan.


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