Record Keeping Requirements under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act

The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) requires industry to keep and maintain certain documents.

Good record keeping practices aid in the retrieval of information and help ensure that appropriate documents are available when required for supply chain analysis.

The legislation includes requirements for preparing and maintaining documents that stipulate who, what, where and for how long documents are to be kept by industry.

What to Expect

Under section 13 of the CCPSA, industry must keep records on:

  • the source; and,
  • the destination of their consumer products.

Health Canada may request that this information be provided to the Department. For example, in the event of a recall, this information will help Health Canada trace the products through the supply chain.

It is likely that much of the documentation required under this provision is already maintained for other record keeping purposes, including inventory and tax records.

Guidance on Preparing and Maintaining Documents under the CCPSA

Health Canada has finalized its Guidance document for preparing and maintaining documents under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). The purpose of this document is to provide you with important information related to requirements for preparing and maintaining documents. On June 20th, 2011 the CCPSA replaced Part I of the Hazardous Products Act and introduced a new regulatory regime for consumer products. The provision for preparing and maintaining documents under the CCPSA (section 13) will help improve the traceability of non-compliant products in the event that a danger must be addressed.

The guidance document incorporates feedback from interested Canadians that was received during the public comment period, from March 9th - April 8th, 2011. Where comments have not been directly incorporated into the Guidance document, comments may have been addressed in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Health Canada welcomes comments from interested Canadians on an ongoing basis. Should you have any questions or comments concerning this guidance document, please contact us.

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