Certain products and volatile organic compounds

The term "certain products" is used to categorize the following products used in households and by institutional and commercial consumers:

  • personal care
  • automotive and household maintenance products
  • adhesives, adhesive removers, sealants and caulks
  • other miscellaneous products.

Consultation on proposed regulations

The proposed Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on July 6, 2019.  These regulations consider comments received on the 2013 consultation document. The proposed regulations are open for a 75-day public comment period ending on September 19, 2019. These comments will then be considered in developing the final regulations.

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 41 product categories and sub categories and establish the same VOC content limits as existing United States Environment Protection Agency standards. The guidelines were developed through consultation with stakeholders including industry, industry associations, environmental non-governmental organizations and provinces.

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Email: ec.produits-products.ec@canada.ca

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