State of the science report: screening health assessment of an existing substance

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) is an important part of the Government of Canada's environmental legislation aimed at preventing pollution and protecting human health and the environment. To meet CEPA responsibilities, the Minister of Health may gather information, conduct investigations and evaluations, including human health screening assessments, for the purpose of assessing whether a substance is entering or may enter the environment under conditions that constitute or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health.

A State of the Science Report on an existing substance(s) presents the technical/scientific basis for the corresponding human health screening assessment. Release of a State of the Science Report provides early access to the human health science for the substance, prior to release in the Canada Gazette for public comment of the CEPA draft summary screening assessment and its associated conclusion and/or measures proposed in accordance with relevant Sections and paragraphs of CEPA.

An up-to-date list of State of the Science Reports has been posted at the Health Canada, Existing Substances Division website.

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