National Consultations on Supply Chain Transparency, Including Labeling

 In Product Safety

By: Kirsten Alcock, Principal Product Safety Consultant, email

Earlier this month, the Government of Canada launched national consultations on mandatory labeling for chemicals in consumer products and better supply chain transparency. This consultation was not just open to industry but to all Canadians.

The news release on March 4, 2022, indicated that Canadians as a whole deserve to know what chemicals are in the consumer products that they purchase and use in their daily lives whether these consumer products are in their homes or in their workplaces.

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Honourable Steven Guilbeault, and the Minister of Health, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, announced that the launch of national consultations they would like to see improved would be for certain consumer products, which includes cosmetics, cleaning products, and flame retardants in upholstered furniture.

It is their hope that the consultations will help identify ‘ways to address both the growing public demand for readily accessible information on chemicals in consumer products and the need for better ingredient disclosure to enable the informed substitution of toxic chemicals with safer alternatives.

Consumer products that are not making any ‘kill or sanitizing’ claims come under the CCCR and are labeled in accordance with the CCCR, 2001 which includes a category called Toxic products. It is unfortunate that they used the term toxic chemicals because those of us that work in the field of chemical regulations know that this term is thrown around a lot and out of context.

If a product is classified as ‘toxic’ for consumers, the appropriate warnings are on the label with the appropriate Hazard Symbol, Signal Word, Primary and Specific hazard statements, Negative and Positive instructions and First Aid Statement. Those chemicals that are pushing the toxic classification are included in the Contains statement on the label in descending order of proportion.  The required ingredient disclosure is available within the CCCR mandatory language on the existing products.

A label for a product deemed toxic by CCCR, 2001, is labeled with this mandatory information that does indeed inform the consumer about the toxicity of the product as a whole.

If you or your company are interested in participating in the consultations, you have been asked to identify yourself on a virtual consultation platform or by email at policylab@woodplc.com. The notice for the registration period was originally March 25th but has been extended until April 1st.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Dell Tech
Kirsten Alcock, B.Sc. (Hons) 
Principal Product Safety Consultant
519-858-5074
kirsten@delltech.com


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