Substances of Special Concern – Corrosive Materials

 In Product Safety

By: Kirsten Alcock, Manager of Product Safety, email

The Canadian Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001, contains the regulations that we must follow when classifying a non-registered product for Canada. The regulations are very clear and precise with respect to how to classify a product. They also go into detail about the mandated phrases in both English and French that must be on your label to be sold. It is very prescriptive which leads to very uniform labels in Canada.

One thing many consumers don’t know is that there is a special list with a select number of chemicals that have a specific classification already mandated based on their presence within a product. This list is referred to as the Substances of Special Concern. There are currently 2 chemicals on the corrosive list and depending on what Column 2 advises, the corresponding classification is given to the user in column 4. As you can see below, some are based on a specific classification whereas others are indicated at any concentration within a product.

Products that are very corrosive are banned in Canada. There are some exemptions so be sure to check the regulations to see if your product meets this exemption.

In addition to these chemicals, please ensure that you are classifying for the product as a whole. If your product contains flammable ingredients, you are required to test for the flash point if you are dealing with a flammable liquid. There are multiple categories that may be applicable for your product and all of these must be taken into consideration when classifying your product and placing the appropriate statements on both the Main Display Panel as well as the back panel.

If you are having difficulty classifying your product and would like our help, do not hesitate to contact us. We have been classifying products for consumer regulations Pre-CCCR, 2001, and have the expertise in-house to help you keep your product compliant with the current regulations as they stand today.

For further information on our services, please contact:

Dell Tech
Kirsten Alcock, B.Sc. (Hons) 
Manager, Product Safety Group

Dell Tech has provided professional, confidential consulting services to the chemical specialty

industry in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia for the last 40 years.

Contact us today for more information.

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