Canadian Regulation: CEPA 1999


The Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999 (CEPA 1999) is the most important chemical control regulation in Canada.

This legislation requires companies to register a new chemical before manufacturing or importing it into Canada. After a substance has been added to the existing chemical inventory, other companies can manufacture, import or use the same substance without additional registrations.

There are two lists in Canada:

  • Household Substance List (DSL)
  • List of Non-Domestic Substances (NDSL).

DSL is the only standard by which a substance is judged “new” in Canada. With few exemptions, all substances not included on the list are considered new and must be notified before importation or manufacture so that they can be evaluated to determine if they are toxic or could become toxic to the environment or human health.

Substances listed on the NDSL are still considered as “new substances” but require less information for notification.

What we offer


TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND REGULATORY CONSULTING

We identify which products you market fall within the scope of the CEPA and help you interpret and comply with obligations. We evaluate the compliance status of products and what procedures to take to place products on the Canadian market.

CONTROL FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXPORT TO CANADA

Control of the components of a mixture in order to verify if the component substances are in the DSL or NDSL lists and if they comply with any restrictions imposed.

IDENTIFICATION OF OBLIGATIONS FOR SUBSTANCES NOT LISTED

We determine what are the obligations to comply with for those substances not listed in the DSL and NDSL lists.

DRAFTING OF SAFETY DATA SHEETS AND LABELS

We draw up SDSs and labels for your products in language and compliant with the requirements of the WHMIS (Canadian GHS).

TRAINING

Our courses cover the main obligations deriving from the CEPA. Trained persons will have the means to recognize the elements necessary to undertake the procedures for exporting chemicals to Canada.

REACH

Registration, authorization, SIEF support and SDS.

BIOCIDES

Authorization of BIOCIDES products.

COSMETICS

Risk evaluation, notifications and labelling.

ADR

External Consultant and training.