Certain products and volatile organic compounds
What Are Certain Products?
The term "Certain Products" is used to categorize personal care, automotive and household maintenance products, adhesives, adhesive removers, sealants and caulks and other miscellaneous products. These products are used in households and by institutional and commercial consumers.
Proposed VOC Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations
Environment Canada published the proposed Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on April 26, 2008. Stakeholders were invited to comment on the proposed Regulations during a public consultation period which ended June 25, 2008. Comments received during this consultation period and subsequent consultations have resulted in additional proposed revisions which are described in the consultation document found below.
A consultation document outlining the planned path forward with respect to revising the Proposed Regulations was published on January 21, 2013; the public comment period that followed ended on March 22, 2013.
Consultation Document - Revisions to the Proposed Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations (available in PDF format - 215 KB)
Guidelines for Volatile Organic Compounds in Consumer Products
The Guidelines for Volatile Organic Compounds in Consumer Products were published in November 2002 to fulfill recommendations included in the Federal Smog Management Plan - Phase II (Initiative V103), November 1997. These guidelines recommend VOC content limits for 23 product categories and establish the same VOC content limits as existing United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) standards. The guidelines were developed through consultation with stakeholders including industry, industry associations, environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) and provinces.
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