Quaternary ammonium compounds

These quarternary ammonium compounds (QACs) were identified for action under the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP).

Information gathering

The Government of Canada recognizes that maintaining an up-to-date inventory of substances in commerce is critical to informing risk assessment and risk management programs and activities.

Mandatory survey - section 46 notice

In November 2018, a notice with respect to certain QACs in Canadian commerce – Phase 1 was issued in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 152, No. 46 – November 17, 2018 under section 46 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). The notice applies to approximately 800 inanimate (chemical) substances.

Every person to whom the notice applies is required to comply no later than April 24, 2019, 3 p.m. EDT.

The purpose of the notice is to collect basic information on quantities, concentrations and uses from manufacturers and importers, to inform the commercial status of these substances and to establish an inventory of QACs in Canada.

How to submit a response

Responses must be submitted via Environment and Climate Change Canada's Single Window (available November 23, 2018). For guidance, please see the Chemicals Management Plan Online Reporting How-To Guide.

For guidance to help you determine if you are subject to the notice and for assistance with completing the sections of the notice, refer to the Guidance manual for completing the Notice with respect to certain quaternary ammonium compounds in Canadian commerce – Phase 1.

Please note that under subsection 46(6) of CEPA 1999, extensions may be granted for each notice in some cases upon written request. To apply for an extension, a written request must be submitted to the Minister of the Environment, to the attention of the Substances Management Coordinator, prior to the deadline for this notice. The request must include the legal name of the party requiring an extension, as well as the reason for the extension request.

Persons who do not meet the reporting requirements of this notice, but who have an interest in reportable substances covered by this notice are encouraged to identify themselves as a stakeholder by submitting a voluntary Declaration of Stakeholder Interest online via Environment and Climate Change Canada's Single Window. The Declaration of Stakeholder Interest also allows persons to submit voluntary information on these substances that would be beneficial to inform risk management. The person may be contacted for further information regarding their interest in these substances.

Persons who do not meet the requirements to respond to this notice and have no commercial interest in the substances listed in this notice may complete a Declaration of Non-Engagement online via Environment and Climate Change Canada's Single Window.

For general inquiries, please contact us and use the subject line "Quaternary ammonium compounds s.46 inquiry".

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