Substances of Special Concern
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 clear and precise with respect to how to classify a product, what the mandated phrases are for both English and Canadian French as well as the font size requirements for products. Some classifications come with hazard symbol requirements which too are indicated in the regulations.
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 10 chemicals on the toxic list and depending on what Column Two 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.
In addition to these chemicals, please ensure that you are classifying for the product as a whole. If you have other chemicals in your product that are, for example, irritating and above their threshold, you will need to classify for that endpoint as well.
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.
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