Consumer Product Safety Directorate (CPSD)

The Consumer Product Safety Directorate (CPSD) of the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch of Health Canada helps to protect the Canadian public by researching, assessing and collaborating in the management of health risks and safety hazards associated with consumer products that Canadians use every day. CPSD works in partnership with industry (manufacturers, retailers and distributors) to ensure safer consumer products in the marketplace, and equips consumers with safety information that helps them make better decisions regarding the products they use.

What We Do

CPSD conducts a wide range of activities to anticipate, mitigate and assist in reducing the health and safety risks associated with consumer products including consumer and workplace chemicals. Our work includes:

  • surveillance;
  • hazard and risk identification;
  • risk assessment and management;
  • investigations, inspections, seizures and prosecutions;
  • support for developing safety standards and guidelines;
  • testing and research on consumer products;
  • providing importers, manufacturers and distributors with hazard and technical information;
  • promoting safe and responsible use of products to consumers; and
  • publishing product advisories, warnings and recalls.

How We Do It

CPSD's work is carried out within the following three bureaux:

Risk Assessment Bureau (RAB)

The Risk Assessment Bureau undertakes risk assessment and hazard analysis to assess emerging hazards, identify and assess product trends--including the establishment of methodologies, approaches and priorities to assess these risks. The Surveillance and Information Division of the Risk Assessment Bureau manages the reporting of product-related incidents to Health Canada, along with other surveillance activities. RAB's Product Safety Lab tests for compliance of regulated and unregulated products and conducts other types of research.  

Risk Management Bureau (RMB)

The Risk Management Bureau undertakes centralized scientific risk management services to minimize Canadians' exposure to potentially hazardous products. The Bureau focuses on better protecting Canadians through regulatory development and modernization of the current regulatory system.  Here is where operational policy, training and standards development occur, as well as compliance and enforcement, recall monitoring, cyclical enforcement, sampling and compliance follow-up.

Program Development Bureau (PDB)

The Program Development Bureau manages all shared accountability functions across the Directorate. This includes an on-going challenge function to existing regulations; integrated planning and performance measurement; issues management; legislative, regulatory and policy guidance; and coordinated international and intergovernmental relations. There is also a designated group for external relations and outreach.

Director General's Office (DGO)

The Director General's Office provides oversight and management for the work of the Directorate. The DGO works closely with the Directors of each bureau; chairs the Directorate Management Committee; and leads the Directorate's strategic plan.

Additionally, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) activities have been integrated throughout the Directorate, with the National Office of WHMIS reporting directly to the Director General.

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