October 16, 2013
The Government of Canada is assessing the potential health and ecological risks associated with nine groupings of substances, including phthalates, as part of the Chemical Management Plan (CMP) originally launched in 2006. The purpose of the CMP is to assess the risk of chemicals added to the Domestic Substance List from 1984-1986, which were not subject to the New Substance Notification Requirements (NSNR).
A mandatory information-gathering survey was launched via a Notice issued in July in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol.147, No. 29 - July 13, 2013. The Notice identifies 14 priority phthalates that are already part of the Phthalate Substance Grouping and 14 additional phthalates that are under consideration for future inclusion in the grouping. Of the identified phthalates, six are already restricted in the use of toys, and, according to the Toy Industry Association, the remaining phthalates are not commonly used or found in toys.
Every person to whom this Notice applies is required to comply with the survey no later than 5:00 p.m. EST, November 13, 2013