Consultation: Proposed modernization of the Radiation Emitting Devices Act

From Health Canada

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from July 13, 2020 to September 11, 2020. See the summary of consultation results to learn more.

Health Canada's Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences Directorate is undertaking a review of the Radiation Emitting Devices Act (REDA), with a view towards modernizing the legislation and identifying gaps and irritants in the legislative coverage for radiation emitting devices that are sold, leased or imported in Canada. The Department is seeking your perspectives with respect to potential impacts of changes under consideration for REDA and furthermore encourages you to identify current or foreseen challenges posed by the existing statute, in the context of an emerging technology environment.

Join in: how to participate

Read the consultation guide and submit your comments to the Office of Science Policy, Liaison and Coordination, Health Canada. Include the title of the consultation document on which you're commenting.

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Participate by mail

Send a letter with your ideas and input to the address in contact information below.

Who is the focus of this consultation

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Goals of the consultation

Health Canada (HC) helps to protect Canadians against unsafe radiation emitting devices through the administration of the Radiation Emitting Devices Act (REDA). This Act focuses on radiation safety risks and governs the sale (including re-sale), lease, advertising and importation of radiation emitting devices in Canada; that is devices that emit radiation in the form of electromagnetic energy (e.g. x-rays, microwaves, radiofrequency waves, infrared, visible light and ultraviolet light) or acoustical energy (e.g. sound, infrasound and ultrasound). Devices that fall under REDA can be categorized as medical devices (e.g. medical x-ray and ultrasound equipment), consumer products (e.g. laser pointers and cellular phones), or industrial/commercial products (e.g. airport security screening equipment, anti-theft devices and tanning beds).

Technological advances and increasing globalization have changed the types of devices, operating environments and contexts in which radiation emitting devices are available for sale and use in Canada since REDA came into force in 1972.

Changes to REDA are being considered in order to:

Radiation emitting medical devices and consumer products are also regulated under the Food and Drugs Act and the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act respectively. Changes proposed for REDA would align with existing measures under these more modern Acts and would therefore have limited impact on consumer product and medical device stakeholders.

Key questions for consideration

Your ideas and inputs are sought around 4 themes/topics:

The input gathered through this process will be used to inform decisions around modernization options, as well as to evaluate any potential impacts that the proposed changes to REDA would have on regulated parties and Canadians.

Contact us

Office of Science Policy, Liaison and Coordination
Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences Directorate
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch.
269 Laurier Avenue West
Mail Stop 4908D
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9


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