In Commerce List of Food and Drugs Act Substances

Since September 2001, substances in products regulated under the Food and Drugs Act (FDA) have been subject to the  New Substances Notification Regulations (NSNR) of the  Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). Substances which were in products that were regulated under the FDA and that were in Canadian commerce between 01 January 1987 and 13 September 2001 were placed on an administrative list, called the In Commerce List.

The In Commerce List contains substances found in pharmaceuticals, veterinary drugs, biologics and genetic therapies, cosmetics, medical devices and food additives. The In Commerce List consists of 4 sub-lists and is a static administrative list which will not change:

Revised  In Commerce List (R-ICL)

The In Commerce sub-lists were compiled from Health Canada records, and while the In Commerce sub-lists have been a useful administrative tool, they contained duplications, omissions and inaccurate chemical identifiers.  As such, Health Canada recognized the need to revise the In Commerce sub-lists in order to address these issues. In September of 2010, a notice of intent to revise the In Commerce sub-lists was published in the Canada Gazette Part I.

The revision of the In Commerce sub-lists was carried out through:

Phase 1: a substance identity verification program within Health Canada, and

Phase 2: a voluntary nomination process

The nomination process for including substances on the Revised In Commerce List (R-ICL) was completed February 14, 2012. Although the formal nomination process for including substances on the R-ICL has ended, any additional nominations to the R-ICL may be submitted and will be reviewed. Health Canada will update the R-ICL as required.

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Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K9
Telephone: 613-960-7366 / Toll Free: 1-877-216-1904
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