Developing a Generic Chemical Identity for Your Claim

The supplier must disclose on the (material) safety data sheet ((M)SDS) or label the generic chemical identity (GCI) of the controlled or hazardous product or ingredient.

The GCI should mask some part of the actual chemical name - providing a degree of anonymity or ambiguity - while also retaining some part of the parent structure of the chemical and certain important radicals, to provide some link with the hazard information disclosed on the (M)SDS.

The acceptability of a GCI is determined by Health Canada as part of the review process of the claim for exemption.

For a detailed description on developing a GCI, please contact the Claims Registrar at

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