Aromatic Amines of the Aromatic Azo and Benzidine-based substance grouping

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The Aromatic Azo and Benzidine-based Substances are among those identified as priorities. Read more about the Aromatic Azo and Benzidine-based Substance Grouping.

Consultation Document

Some Aromatic Azo and Benzidine-based Substances, although concluded not to pose a risk to the environment or to human health at current levels of exposure, may be a concern if environmental exposures or exposures of the general population of Canada to these substances were to increase.

Options on how best to monitor changes in uses of substances identified to have environmental and/or human health effects of concern are being investigated, and this was communicated to stakeholders when the draft screening assessments were published. Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada have published a Consultation Document on the Options for Addressing Aromatic Azo and Benzidine-based Substances with Effects of Concern, which describes potential options for information gathering or preventive actions on substances identified to have environmental or health effects of concern.

Stakeholders have the opportunity to contribute feedback during the consultation period, which ends May 10, 2017.

Summary of Publications
Chemical Substances Public Comments on the Draft Screening Assessment Final Screening Assessment Proposed Risk Management Approach Documents
See List of Certain Aromatic Amines None HTML None
Timelines
Date Activity
If needed, information gathering tools could be used to inform potential risk management actions.
March 11, 2017 Publication of a Consultation Document on the Options for Addressing Aromatic Azo and Benzidine-based Substances with Effects of Concern, and start of a 60-day public comment period.
May 28, 2016 Publication in Canada Gazette of final assessment decision under subsection 77(6) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999).
September 24, 2014 Deadline for submission of public comments on draft screening assessment on Certain Aromatic Amines.
July 26, 2014 Publication in Canada Gazette of proposed assessment decision under subsection 77(1) of CEPA 1999, and start of 60-day public comment period on the draft screening assessment.
April 16, 2012 Deadline for submission of additional information by interested stakeholders, including on the extent and nature of the management/stewardship.

Final Screening Assessment

Certain Aromatic Amines

In May 2016, the final screening assessment for 16 substances was released and the related Notice was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 150, No. 22 - May 28, 2016 (PDF Version - 2,437 K).

The final screening assessment concluded that these 16 substances do not meet any of the criteria under section 64 of CEPA 1999. Therefore, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and the Minister of Health have proposed to take no further action on these substances at this time under the Act.

In July 2014, the draft screening assessment was released and the related Notice was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 148, No. 30 – July 26, 2014 (PDF Version - 1,125 K) for a 60-day public comment period.

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