Tobacco Reporting Regulations for Canadian Manufacturers and Importers
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- Tobacco Reporting Regulations
- Official Methods for the Testing of Tobacco Products
- Regulatory Transparency and Openness
Tobacco Reporting Regulations
Under these regulations, Canadian manufacturers and importers must provide Health Canada with information about their tobacco products and, where applicable, their emissions. In addition to information on sales, ingredients, manufacturing procedures, promotional activities and research activities, they must report on over 20 constituents (substances found in tobacco) and 40 emissions (substances found in smoke).
Consult the latest Tobacco Reporting Regulations
The Tobacco Reporting Regulations were amended in 2005 and in 2019. The latest changes address recommendations of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations and update requirements to make them more relevant to the current environment and to eliminate redundant requirements. Furthermore, the official testing methods for the sampling and testing of tobacco products were updated to reflect technological advances.
Official Methods for the Testing of Tobacco Products
The regulations incorporate by reference a number of official methods that must be followed when dealing with the following:
- Mainstream smoke (1999)
- Sidestream smoke (1999)
- Whole tobacco (1999)
- Sample preparation (1999)
- Toxicity Test Methods (2004)
The updated methods (version 2017) are available by contacting the Tobacco Control Directorate: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regulatory Transparency and Openness
The Proposed Regulations Amending the Tobacco Reporting Regulations were reviewed by the Standing Committee on Health that made the following recommendation in their Sixth Report (38th Parliament, 1st Session):
"That all information to be submitted to Health Canada under these regulations be made public. If need be, the Minister of Health should authorize its disclosure in the public interest in accordance with Section 20 (6) of the Access to Information Act."
The government response to the report of the Standing Committee on Health on proposed regulations amending the Tobacco Reporting Regulations agrees fully with the spirit and intent of Standing Committee's recommendation. The government reiterates in the response that it is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians and, in particular, ensuring that Canadians have access to information that can help make them make informed decisions on policies and practices that affect their well-being.
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