Proposed Code of Practice for a Recommended Concentration of 2-(2-Methoxyethoxy) Ethanol (DEGME) in Surface Coating Materials Available to Consumers in Canada

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Health Canada is proposing a Code of Practice to reduce exposure to DEGME in surface coating materials that are consumer products. This will contribute to the risk management objective for DEGME of ensuring that the concentrations of DEGME in cosmetics and consumer products do not exceed levels that are adequately protective of human health.

The purpose of this consultation is to solicit comments on the proposed Code.

Comments on the proposed Code of Practice are appreciated, with accompanying rationale. Comments can be sent to Health Canada via email at If this is not feasible, comments may be sent by mail or fax to:

Mail: Chemical Substances Website
c/o Health Canada
269 Laurier Avenue West, Address Locator 4905B
Ottawa (ON)  K1A 0K9

Fax: 613-952-8857

All comments must be received before July 8, 2015.

It should be noted that this Consultation Document on the proposed Code of Practice for DEGME in surface coating materials that are consumer products may be revised following evaluation of comments received, and a final Code of Practice will be established. This document should be considered as a draft for comment only.

How to Get Involved

This consultation is open for comment starting May 9, 2015 until July 8, 2015. Please select and read through the link below titled "Consultation Document." Once read, please submit your comments via email or by mail, to the address provided above. Please be sure to include the title of the consultation document on which you are commenting.

Interested parties are encouraged to provide comments and suggestions by July 8, 2015.

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