Forward Regulatory Plan 2022-2024: Regulations Amending the Radiation Emitting Devices Regulations Pertaining to Laser Devices

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Regulations Amending the Radiation Emitting Devices Regulations Pertaining to Laser Devices

Enabling Act

Radiation Emitting Devices Act

Description

Health Canada is proposing amendments to the Radiation Emitting Devices Regulations pertaining to lasers to better protect Canadians from laser radiation hazards, align Canadian requirements with international standards, and address a broader range of laser devices.

The proposed amendments would align Canada's regulations with international standards, specifically the International Electrotechnical Commission's "IEC 60825-1, Safety of Laser Products - Part 1: Equipment classification and requirements, Ed. 3.0, 2014". This standard is used or referenced by Canada's key trading partners.

The amended regulations would enhance the safety of laser products imported, sold, leased and advertised in Canada by requiring appropriate laser warning labels and establishing minimum design safety features for specific laser classes/hazard levels. In addition, the proposed amendments would address laser devices beyond laser scanners and demonstration lasers.

This regulatory initiative is part of Health Canada's Regulatory Stock Review Plan

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This initiative is not part of a formal regulatory cooperation work plan.

A new international standard for laser products (IEC 60825-1) has become available since the laser regulations were last amended.

Canada's major trading partners are in the process of harmonizing or have already harmonized with this international standard.

Adoption of IEC 60825-1 standard would align Canada with the regulatory standard used internationally.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

It is anticipated that the proposed amendments would increase public protection from accidental or inadvertent exposure to laser emissions by requiring warning labels on how to mitigate laser hazards. It would also require manufacturers to integrate safety controls/features into the laser devices.

While there are expected impacts on industry, they are anticipated to be minimal due to efforts to align with the international standard and reduce regulatory burden.

Consultations

Health Canada conducted an online public consultation process on June 30, 2021, for a period of 60 days, ending August 30, 2021.

Canadians will have the opportunity to provide comments on the regulatory proposal during the Canada Gazette, Part I, public comment period, which is expected to take place in fall 2022 and last 75 days.

Further information

Additional information can be requested from the departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

Tara Bower
Director
Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences Directorate
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Health Canada

Telephone: 613-957-6371
Email: erhsdgeneral-dssergenerale@hc-sc.gc.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory

February 2021

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