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: Regulated parties are responsible for ensuring that their products are compliant with the applicable Act and Regulations. Health Canada's Product Safety Laboratory (PSL) test methods are not mandatory. It is the regulated parties' responsibility to ensure that their products are assessed according to the applicable requirements. PSL test methods are made available to assist industry in understanding how Health Canada assesses products for compliance with mandatory regulatory requirements. Only test methods or test parameters that are prescribed within the applicable Act and Regulations are mandatory methods that must be used by regulated parties. In cases where a specific test method or test parameters are not set out in the applicable Act or its Regulations, a regulated party may use the test procedures or equipment of their choice, ensuring that they are suitable for determining compliance with prescribed requirements.

The test method effective date referred to below is used for version control purposes only and indicates the most current edition of the method

  • Determination of Total Lead in Surface Coating Materials in Consumer Products by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (C02.2) Effective 2017-07-27 (Under Revision to ensure on-going alignment with the regulations)
  • Determination of Total Lead in Surface Coating Materials in Consumer Products using the Agilent 7700x ICP-MS(C02.2.1) Effective 2018-03-12
  • Determination of Total Lead in Surface Coating Materials in Consumer Products by ICP-OES (C02.2.2) Effective 2020-01-23
  • Determination of Total Lead and Cadmium in Plastic Consumer Products by Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) (C02.3.1) Effective 2020-04-27
  • Determination of Total Lead in Plastic Consumer Products by Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) (C02.3.2) Effective 2020-05-07
  • Determination of Total Lead and Cadmium in Metallic Consumer Products by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (C02.4) Effective 2017-07-27 (Under Revision to ensure on-going alignment with the regulations)
  • 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 Elements in Fire Retardants in Textiles by Microwave Digestion and ICP-MS Analysis (C02.6) Effective 2016-10-04
  • Determination of Total Cadmium in Surface Coating Materials in Consumer Products by Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) (C02.7) Effective 2020-05-05
  • 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 Wide Range (DMA 80 WR) (C07) Effective 2019-10-15
  • 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 2017-10-20
  • Determination of α-pinene, D-limonene and α-terpineol in Consumer Products by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) Using Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) (C11.1) Effective 2020-07-08
  • Determination of ethylene glycol and di-ethylene glycol in consumer products by GC-MS (C11.2) Effective 2020-08-10
  • Determination of Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene and Xylene Isomers (BTEX) in Consumer Products by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (C11.4) Effective 2019-07-19
  • Method to identify an unknown analyte by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (C11.5) Effective 2020-06-18
  • Determination of the pH of consumer and workplace products in aqueous solutions (C13) Effective 2020-07-07
  • Determination of the pH of Cosmetics and Similar Consumer Products using the PC-Titrate Instrument (C13.1) Effective: 2020-02-04
  • 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 2019-11-14
  • 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 Volatile N-nitrosamines in Infant Feeding Bottle Nipples, Pacifiers, and Other Similar Consumer Products, by GC-TEA (C24) Effective 2019-10-24
  • Determination of Bulk Asbestos by PLM in Consumer Products and Cosmetics (PLM) (C25) Effective 2019-03-20
  • Detection and Identification of Various Asbestos Fibers 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 2019-11-26
  • 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 2019-12-13
  • Determination of the Vapour Pressure of Petroleum Products by Minivap Vp Tester: ASTM D5191 (C32) Effective 2020-07-07
  • Determination of Phthalates in Polyvinyl Chloride Consumer Products by GC/CI-MS (C34) Effective 2018-07-19
  • Determination of a series phthalates in cosmetic products by gas chromatography-chemical ionization mass spectrometry (GC-CI/MS) (C34.1) Effective 2020-07-03
  • Determination of a series of 39 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 2020-07-07
  • Determination of tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) in polyurethane children's product and similar consumer products by Accelerated Solvent Extraction (ASE) (C38.1) Effective 2017-08-18
  • Determination of Total Formaldehyde in Cosmetic Products as 2,4 Dinitro phenylhydrazone Derivative by GC-MS (C39) Effective 2020-06-30
  • 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 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 Flame Retardants in Textile, Foam and Other Similar Consumer Products by GC-MS (C46) Effective 2019-07-17
  • Method Development Guidelines for a Known analyte by Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (C48) Effective 2020-06-29
  • Determination of methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone in cosmetic products by liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (C49) Effective 2020-06-29
  • Determination of Hydrogen Peroxide in Aqueous Consumer Products (C50) Effective 2018-03-20
  • Determination of the density of consumer products in liquid, gel or paste form (C52) Effective 2019-12-11
  • Determination of Melamine in polyurethane foam and similar consumer products by LC-MS/MS (53) Effective 2020-06-23
  • 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 Vaping Devices by GC-MSD/FID (C57.1) Effective 2019-11-22
  • Determination of Nicotine at High Concentration in Liquids used in Vaping Devices by GC-MSD/FID (C57.2) Effective 2019-11-22
  • 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
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