Date: Oct 20, 2005
On September 21, 2005, revised Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) New Substance Notification (NSN) regulations were published in the Canada Gazette (Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 139, No. 19 at 1,863).
The amended regulations and NSN scheme will become effective October 31, 2005. Notifiers and prospective notifiers will be subject to the former or revised scheme depending on whether certain notifications are received by Environment Canada before or after this date.
The amendments generally streamline and reduce requirements for chemicals and polymers. Under the amendments:
The revised regulations are the culmination of an extensive stakeholder consultation by Environment Canada and Health Canada. In 1994, when the chemicals and polymers portion of the NSN regulations came into force, Environment Canada and Health Canada committed to conduct a formal review of the first three years of their implementation. A multistakeholder consultative process was initiated in 1999, which resulted in 76 consensus recommendations, many of which are reflected in the revised regulations.
If you would like additional information on the NSN amendments, please contact Tom Berger at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 434-4285.