Distributors of technical-grade ethanol for use in the production of hand sanitizers and hard-surface disinfectants

Heath Canada introduced an interim measure that permits the use of certain authorized sources of technical-grade ethanol. We took this step to meet the urgent health need for hand sanitizers and disinfectants during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are discontinuing the interim measure as the supply of ethanol has stabilized and the demand for technical-grade ethanol has decreased. Suppliers and distributors are expected to stop producing, reselling and/or distributing technical-grade ethanol. Manufacturers are to return to using approved grades of ethanol for manufacturing after the authorized dates to produce, resell/distribute or sell.

Health Canada granted temporary authorization to the companies listed below to resell and/or distribute approved technical-grade ethanol obtained from an approved supplier to a manufacturer of hand sanitizers and hard-surface disinfectants. To receive temporary authorization, these companies required assessment and authorization by Health Canada.

Technical-grade ethanol obtained from authorized distributors cannot be blended when producing hand sanitizers and hard-surface disinfectants.

The risk assessment summary report contains the information we used to allow and discontinue the temporary use of technical-grade ethanol in hand sanitizers and hard-surface disinfectants.

Companies not on this list may face compliance and enforcement action if they resell and/or distribute technical-grade ethanol for the production of hand sanitizers or hard-surface disinfectants without authorization. You can find information about non-compliant products in the recall advisory.

Secondary Distributor Company contact information Company address Authorized to
distribute or
resell since
Authorized to
distribute or
resell until
Northspec Chemical Corp. sales@northspec.com 2 Lansing Square, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M2J 4P8
2020-07-29 2021-05-15
Chemsynergy Inc. info@chemsynergyinc.com 101 - 1100 Burloak Drive
Burlington, ON L7L 6B2
2020-07-29 2022-02-15
Brenntag Canada Inc. tg_ethanol@brenntag.ca 43 Jutland Road
Toronto, ON M8Z 2G6
2020-07-29 2022-02-15
Megaloid Laboratories info@megaloid.ca 5515 North Service Road, Suite 306
Burlington, ON L7L 6G4
2020-08-07 2021-05-15

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