Evaluating new substances

When Environment and Climate Change Canada receives a New Substances Notification package from a company or individual proposing to import or manufacture a new substance, a joint assessment process is carried out with Health Canada to determine whether there is a potential for adverse effects of the substance on the environment and human health. When this process identifies a new substance that may pose a risk to human health or the environment, CEPA empowers Environment and Climate Change Canada to intervene prior to or during the earliest stages of its introduction into Canada.

Services and information

New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers)

Access the regulations which apply to the manufacture or import of new substances and require that they are assessed for potential risk to the environment or human health.

New substances risk assessment summaries: chemicals and polymers

Access published risk assessment summaries of chemicals and polymers which determine whether a substance is or may become toxic to human health or the environment as set out in section 64 of CEPA.

Voluntary public engagement initiative

Review and participate in  previous and current public engagement initiatives in the risk assessment of higher organisms (e.g., genetically modified plants and animals) under the New Substances Program.

New Substances Notification Regulations (Organisms)

Access the regulations which apply to the manufacture or import of organisms (animate products of biotechnology) that are "new" and require that they are assessed for potential risk to the environment or human health.

New substances risk assessment summaries: organisms

Access published risk assessment summaries of organisms which determine whether an organism is or may become toxic to human health or the environment as set out in section 64 of CEPA.

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