Substances lists: ethyl carbamate

The Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health (the Ministers) conducted a screening assessment on Carbamic acid, ethyl ester, or ethyl carbamate, Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number 51-79-6, under section 68 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). This substance was part of the Internationally Classified Substance Grouping, which included substances that were prioritised for screening assessment based on human health concerns.

Based on information presented in the final Screening Assessment, it was concluded that ethyl carbamate meets the criterion set out in paragraph 64(c) of CEPA 1999 as it constitutes or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health. The Ministers proposeFootnote1 to take no further action under CEPA 1999 on ethyl carbamate at this time. Health Canada currently has risk management actions in place, and others are being proposed, under the Food and Drugs Act to reduce human exposure to ethyl carbamate from alcoholic beverages.The Minister of Health has released a proposed risk management approach document for this substance on the Government of Canada’s Chemical Substances Web site to continue discussions with stakeholders on the manner in which Health Canada intends to implement preventive or control actions in relation to the substance.

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