Chemistry Methods

The following test methods are available from the Product Safety Laboratory by contacting:

Quality System Manager
Product Safety Laboratory
Health Canada
Postal Locator: 6402A1
1800 Walkley Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
K1A 0L2

email: CPS-SPC@hc-sc.gc.ca

Note: These methods are provided to facilitate laboratory procedures only. It is the trader's responsibility to make sure that the product is tested according to, and meets the requirements of, the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and its Regulations for consumer products. The list below also includes test methods related to cosmetic products. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer and importer of a cosmetic to meet the requirements of the Food and Drugs Act and the Cosmetic Regulations.

  • Determination of total lead in wax crayons by block digestion DigiPrep (C02.1) Effective 2013-10-16
  • Determination of Total Lead in Surface Coating Materials in Consumer Products by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (C02.2) Effective 2017-07-27
  • Determination of Total Lead in Surface Coating Materials in Consumer using the Agilent 7700x ICP-M (C02.2.1) Effective 2018-03-12
  • Determination of Total Lead in Polyvinyl Chloride Products by Closed Vessel Microwave Digestion (C02.3) Effective 2017-05-02
  • Determination of Total Lead and Cadmium in Metallic Consumer Products by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (C02.4) Effective 2017-07-27
  • Determination of Total Lead and Cadmium in Metallic Consumer Products by Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES)  (C02.4.1)    Effective   2019-03-15
  • Determination of total lead in wax crayons by closed vessel microwave digestion (C02.5) Effective 2008-10-31
  • Determination of Elements in Fire Retardants in Textiles by Microwave Digestion and ICP-MS Analysis (C02.6) Effective 2016-10-04
  • Determination of Leachable Arsenic (As), Selenium (Se), Cadmium (Cd), Antimony (Sb), and Barium (Ba) in Applied Coatings (C03) Effective 2018-08-01
  • Semi-Quantitative Analysis of Consumer Samples for Toxic Metals Using the Agilent 7500a ICP-MS (C04) Effective 2011-09-01
  • Determination of total metals in cosmetic samples by closed-vessel microwave digestion and ICP- MS analysis (C05) Effective 2014-01-06
  • Determination of Total Mercury in Surface Coating Materials, Applied Coatings, and Cosmetic Samples by Direct Mercury Analyzer (DMA) (C07) Effective 2018-06-05
  • Determination of migratable lead in consumer products (C08) Effective 2014-01-06
  • Determination of Leachable Lead in Kettles by ICP-MS(C09) Effective 2019-06-11
  • Determination of leachable lead and cadmium from glazed ceramics and glassware by flame atomic absorption spectrometer (C10) Effective 2017-10-04
  • Determination of a-pinene, D-limonene and a-terpineol in Consumer Products by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) Using Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) (C11.1) Effective 2015-07-08
  • Determination of ethylene glycol and di-ethylene glycol in consumer products by GC-MS (C11.2) Effective 2017-10-04
  • Determination of Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene and Xylene Isomers (BTEX) in Consumer Products by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (C11.4) Effective 2019-07-17
  • Method to identify an unknown analyte by gas chromatography-mass selective detector (C11.5) Effective 2007-08-29
  • Determination of the Water Content of Antifreeze, Windshield Washer Fluid and Other Similar Consumer Products (C11.6) Effective 2009-03-27
  • Determination of the pH of consumer and workplace products in aqueous solutions (C13) Effective 2018-11-19
  • Determination of Anions in Consumer Products by Ion Chromatography (C14.1) Effective 2005-10-06
  • Determination of acid and alkali reserves in consumer products (C14.2) Effective 2013-10-16
  • Analysis of glues and adhesives for cyanoacrylate (C16) Effective 2003-01-16
  • Analysis of spectacle frames, toys and children's equipment for cellulose nitrate (C17) Effective 2003-01-20
  • Determination of the available chlorine content in bleaches and cleansers (C18) Effective 2003-05-14
  • Determination of tris (2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate (TRIS) in Textiles and Similar Consumer Products (C19) Effective 2014-01-24
  • Determination of the Flash Point of Fluids by the Closed Cup Test Method (C22) Effective 2018-12-14
  • Determination of the flash point of solids, pastes or gels by the closed cup test method (C22.1) Effective 2018-12-14
  • Determination of the flame projection and flashback of consumer products enclosed in pressurized containers (C23) Effective 2017-11-22
  • Determination of the flame projection and flashback of consumer products enclosed in pump-spray containers (C23.1) Effective 2008-05-06
  • Determination of the flame projection and flashback of cosmetic products (C23.2) Effective 2008-05-06
  • Determination of the flame projection and flashback of controlled products (C23.3) Effective 2003-03-06
  • Determination of Volatile N-nitrosamines in Infant Feeding Bottle Nipples, Pacifiers, and Other Similar Consumer Products (C24) Effective 2013-11-25
  • Determination of Bulk Asbestos by PLM in Consumer Products and Cosmetics (PLM) (C25 ) Effective 2019-03-20
  • Detection and Identification of Various Asbestos Fibres in Consumer Products by FT-IR (C26) Effective 2019-03-12
  • Automatic Determination of the kinematic viscosity of transparent and opaque liquids by miniAV automatic viscometer (C27) Effective 2018-11-19
  • Manual Determination of the kinematic viscosity of transparent and opaque liquids (C27.1) Effective 2017-05-04
  • Beilstein test (C28) Effective 2013-10-15
  • Determination of leakage in child resistant containers (C29) Effective 2019-04-12
  • Determination of boric acid and salts of boric acid in toys (C30) Effective 2017-04-10
  • Sustained combustibility test (C31) Effective 2002-12-02
  • Sustained combustibility of aerosol foam of consumer products (C31.2) Effective 2008-03-05
  • Determination of the Vapour Pressure of Petroleum Products by Minivap Vp Tester: ASTM D5191 (C32) Effective 2011-01-07
  • Determination Of Mixture That Separates In Consumer Chemical Products (C33) Effective 2004-05-31
  • Determination of Phthalates in Polyvinyl Chloride Consumer Products by GC/CI-MS (C34) Effective 2018-07-19
  • Determination of phthalates in cosmetic products (C34.1) Effective 2008-12-08
  • Determination of a series of 34 phthalates in consumer products by gas chromatography mass spectrometry (C34.2) Effective 2018-03-01
  • Determination of Phthalates in Polyvinyl Chloride Consumer Products by GC/EI-MS (C34.3) Effective 2018-07-19
  • Method to identify unknown polymers and plasticizers by FTIR (C35) Effective 2018-08-28
  • Determination of a series of bisphenols in polycarbonate consumer products by liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (C36) Effective 2016-08-10
  • Determination of Formaldehyde in Cosmetic Products by Titration (C37) Effective 2011-02-03
  • Determination of tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) in polyurethane children's product and similar consumer products by Soxhlet extraction (C38) Effective 2015-04-09
  • Determination of tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) in polyurethane children's product and similar consumer products by Accelerated Solvent Extraction (ASE) (C38.1) Effective 2015-04-09
  • Determination of Total Formaldehyde in Cosmetic Products as 2,4 Dinitro phenylhydrazone Derivative by GC-MS (C39) Effective 2015-09-09
  • Determination of formaldehyde in consumer products by SPME extraction and gas chromatography mass spectrometry analysis (C39.1) Effective 2018-03-20
  • Method for the Testing of Consumer Products Using Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer (XRF) (C40) Effective 2013-12-09
  • Determination of Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) in Nail Adhesives and Similar Consumer Products (C41) Effective 2011-08-08
  • Determination of Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) in Cosmetics and Similar Consumer Products (C42) 2017-04-05
  • Determination of 2-(2-methoxyethoxy) ethanol (DEGME) in surface coatings and similar consumer products (C43) 2012-06-22
  • Determination of 2-Methoxy-1-Propanol(W-MP) in consumer products by GC/MS (C44) Effective 2014-01-06
  • Determination of Total Formaldehyde in Textiles as 2,4- Dinitro phenylhydrazone Derivative by GC-MS (C45) Effective 2015-09-09
  • Determination of Flame Retardants in Textile, Foam and Other Similar Consumer Products by GC-MS (C46) Effective 2019-07-17
  • Method Development Guidelines for the Determination of a Known Chemical using Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (C48) Effective 2015-09-08
  • Determination of methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone in cosmetic products by liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (C49) Effective 2016-12-20
  • Determination of Hydrogen Peroxide in Aqueous Consumer Products (C50) Effective 2018-03-20
  • Estimation of Ethylenethiourea (ETU) in Consumer Products made up of Synthetic Rubber (C51) Effective 2016-08-29
  • Determination of the density of a liquid, gel or paste consumer products (C52) Effective 2016-08-17
  • Determination of Melamine in polyurethane foam and similar consumer products by LC-MS/MS (53) Effective 2016-08-29
  • Determination of Melamine in Electronic Boards by LC-MS/MS (C53.1) Effective 2016-08-29
  • Determination of Glyoxylic Acid in Cosmetics by UV-VIS Spectrophotometer (C54) Effective 2016-08-29
  • Determination of methenamine in consumer products by liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (C55) Effective 2018-03-20
  • Determination of fragrances in cosmetic products by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (C56) Effective 2017-07-21
  • Determination of Nicotine, Propylene Glycol and Glycerol in Liquids used in Electronic Nicotine Devices by GC-MSD/FID (C57) Effective 2018-05-09
  • Determination of Nicotine at Low Concentration in Liquids used in Electronic Nicotine Devices by GC-MSD/FID (C57.1) Effective 2018-05-31
  • Determination of leachable aromatic amines derived from azo dyes in textiles by LC/MS/MS (C58) Effective 2018-03-20
  • Determination of total aromatic amines derived from azo dyes in textiles by LC/MS/MS (C58.1) Effective 2018-03-20
  • Determination of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) in Consumer Products by GC-MS (C59) Effective 2018-03-20
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