Inventory updates

The information that the Government of Canada has collected for many substances may no longer represent current commercial activity in Canada. The government recognizes that maintaining an up-to-date inventory of substances in commerce is critical to informing risk assessment and risk management programs and activities.

To date, two inventory updates (IUs) were conducted under Canada's Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) focusing on a subset of substances on the Domestic Substances List (DSL). Moving forward, IUs will also consider substances identified by emerging science, domestic and international regulatory programs as well as changes in the Canadian commerce.

2017 inventory update

2017 section 71 notice (mandatory survey) - chemicals and polymers

In January 2017, a notice was issued in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 151, No. 2 - January 14, 2017 under section 71 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). This notice applies to approximately 1,500 chemicals and polymers included as part of the 2017 inventory update. The 2017 IU gathers updated information on the commercial status of approximately 1,500 chemicals and polymers to inform priority setting, risk assessment and risk management programs at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Health Canada (HC).

In April 2017, an amendment was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 151, No. 16 – April 22, 2017 to correct a discrepancy on page 144, in section 6 of the French version of the 2017 IU notice published in January 2017.

Every person to whom this notice applied was required to comply with the notice by July 17, 2017 3 p.m., EDST.

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 document for completing the CEPA section 71 Notice with respect to substances included as part of the 2017 inventory update.

Please note that under subsection 71(4) of CEPA 1999, extensions may be granted 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. 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 criteria of the notice, but who have an interest in substances covered by the notice, are encouraged to identify themselves as a stakeholder for those substances by submitting a voluntary declaration of stakeholder interest online via Environment 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 criteria to respond to the notice and have no commercial interest in these substances may complete a declaration of non-engagement online via Environment Canada's Single Window.

How to submit a response

Responses to the section 71 notice, the declaration of stakeholder interest and the declaration of non-engagement should be submitted via Environment Canada's Single Window. For guidance, please see the Chemicals Management Plan Online Reporting How-To Guide.

Environment Canada's Single Window provides a single point of access to view and update your information with ECCC's regulatory program reporting applications. The Single Window Information Manager allows users to enter, edit or update information about their profile, organizations, facilities and contacts, to manage roles for other users, and to navigate to program-specific reporting tools.

If you have questions about this initiative, please Contact us and use the subject line "2017 inventory update inquiry".

2012 Inventory Update (Phase 2 of the DSL IU)

2012 inventory update information summary

The Non-confidential summary of information received from the second phase of the Domestic Substances List inventory update is available.

2012 update: substances for which no information was submitted under phase 2 of the DSL inventory update

Analysis of mandatory and voluntary responses received from the section 71 notice published under phase 2 of the DSL IU (December 2012) indicates that there are approximately 1,325 substances for which no information was submitted, including 260 polymers and 65 substances currently on the DSL under "masked names".

The list of Substances for which no information was submitted under phase 2 of the Domestic Substances List inventory update is available. These substances are being considered under the rapid screening and polymer approaches.

2012 section 71 notice (mandatory survey)

In December 2012, a notice was issued in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 146, No. 48 - December 1, 2012 under section 71 of CEPA 1999. This notice applied to approximately 2,700 substances in phase 2 of the DSL IU.

This section 71 notice sought to obtain updated information on the commercial status of substances that are remaining priorities, to support any subsequent risk assessment and risk management activities, if applicable.

In August 2013, an amendment was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 147, No. 31 - August 3, 2013 to remove the substance Ashes (residues), CAS RN 68131-74-8 from part 2 of Schedule 1 of the notice.

2009 inventory update (phase 1 of the DSL IU)

2009 inventory update information summary - chemicals

An update of approximately 500 inanimate substances (chemicals) on the Domestic Substances List (information summary) is available.

2009 section 71 notice (mandatory survey) - chemicals

In October 2009, a notice was issued in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol.143, No.40 - October 3, 2009 under section 71 of CEPA 1999. The notice applied to approximately 500 inanimate substances (chemicals)

The notice collected data from those that manufactured or imported inanimate (chemical) substances, whether alone, in a mixture, in a product, or in a manufactured item during the 2008 calendar year, complementing the information collected or generated as part of the DSL categorization process, in order to inform prioritization of these substances and subsequent risk assessment and risk management activities.

2009 section 71 notice (mandatory survey) - micro-organisms

In October 2009, a notice was issued in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol.143, No.40 - October 3, 2009 under section 71 of CEPA 1999. The notice applied to approximately 45 animate substances (micro-organisms).

The notice collected data from those that manufactured or imported animate substances, whether alone, in a mixture or in a product during the 2008 calendar year, complementing information collected or generated as part of the DSL categorization process, in order to inform prioritization of the substances and subsequent risk assessment and risk management activities.

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