Science approach documents

A science approach document (SciAD) provides a description of a scientific approach to evaluate environmental or human health risk of substances. SciADs also include the results of the application of the scientific approach to substances that were identified as priorities for assessment because they met the categorization criteria under section 73 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) or were identified through other mechanisms as assessment priorities. The SciAD is published under section 68 of CEPA 1999, and does not include regulatory conclusions. A period of consultation on the SciADs is provided to the public as an opportunity to comment and provide additional information. The approach and results for substances identified as low concern in the SciADs will form the basis, in conjunction with any other relevant information that becomes available after the publication of the SciAD, for the conclusion in the screening assessment that will be published at a later time. This staggered approach, with publication of the scientific approaches and results in SciADs and subsequent publication of formal screening assessments, will assist the government in addressing substances that may be of low concern to either human health or the environment in a more effective manner.

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Biomonitoring-based approach 2 for barium-containing substances, molybdenum-containing substances, silver-containing substances, thallium-containing substances and inorganic tin-containing substances

In December 2016, the Science Approach Document for the Biomonitoring-based Approach 2 for Barium-containing Substances, Molybdenum-containing Substances, Silver-containing Substances, Thallium-containing Substances and Inorganic Tin-containing Substances was released and the related Notice was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 150, No. 50 - December 10, 2016, for a 60-day public comment period.

Threshold of toxicological concern (TTC)-based approach for certain substances

In October 2016, the Science Approach Document for the Threshold of Toxicological Concern (TTC)-based Approach for Certain Substances was released and the related Notice was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 150, No. 40 - October 1, 2016, for a 60-day public comment period.

Comments received during the 60-day public comment period and the Government's responses are summarized in the Summary of public comments received on the science approach document for the TTC-based approach for certain substances. Comments received will help inform the ensuing risk assessments.

Biomonitoring-based approach 1 for beryllium, vanadium, trichlorooxo and vanadium oxide

In September 2016, the Science Approach Document for the Biomonitoring-based Approach 1 for Beryllium, Vanadium, trichlorooxo and Vanadium oxide was released and the related Notice was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 150, No. 36 - September 3, 2016, for a 60-day public comment period.

Ecological risk classification of organic substances

In July 2016, the Science Approach Document for the Ecological Risk Classification of Organic Substances was released and the related Notice was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 150, No. 31 - July 30, 2016, for a 60-day public comment period.

Comments received during the 60-day public comment period and the Government's responses are summarized in the Summary of public comments received on the science approach document for the ecological risk classification of organic substances. Comments received will help inform the ensuing risk assessments.

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