Overview of the Existing Substances Program: chapter 1

1. Introduction

The primary purpose of the Existing Substances Program is to identify and prioritize existing substances requiring assessment, and to assess the risks that may result from human and environmental exposure to these substances.

This document is intended for a broad audience. It provides an overview of legislation, policies, and guiding principles for the assessment and management of chemical substances in Canada. It is the first in a series of documents that will describe both generally and specifically, the mandate and activities of the Existing Substances Program.

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