Informed substitution within Canada’s chemicals program – Closed consultation

From Health Canada

Current status: Closed

  • This consultation ran from January 16, 2019 to March 18, 2019.

Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada were exploring ways to support informed substitution and drive Canadian innovation and the adoption of safer chemistry. Informed substitution is the considered transition from a chemical of concern to safer chemicals or non-chemical alternatives, and is an internationally recognized strategy for reducing health and environmental risks posed by chemicals.

Who was the focus of this consultation

We engaged with:

  • industry members and associated groups
  • health professionals and associated groups
  • academia and associated groups

Key questions for discussion

The study was reviewed and the following questions were considered:

  • Who are the partners that have a role to play in considering informed substitution, and what role should each of them play?
  • Are there considerations or information missing from the study?
  • Are there potential costs, benefits or impacts of informed substitution on the health of Canadians, the environment, companies or others?

The study that was shared does not reflect the views of the Government of Canada nor does it infer a policy intent for the future. It was shared with Canadians for transparency, and to provide an opportunity to the public to provide additional information or considerations on the topic of informed substitution. The input that was gathered through this process will be considered when planning the next phase of chemicals management in Canada.

Contact us

Substances Management Information Line
Chemicals Management Plan
Gatineau, QC K1A 0H3
Telephone: 1-800-567-1999 (in Canada) or 819-938-3232
Fax: 819-938-5212
E-mail: eccc.substances.eccc@canada.ca

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