Canadian Chemicals Management Program

Canada's Chemicals Management Program (CMP) is a part of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act of 1999 and is the first chemicals program to categorize chemicals. The goal of the program is to improve protection against hazardous chemicals. The program involves a variety of measures to ensure the proper management of chemicals: information on proper use and disposal; regulations to restrict and possibly ban chemicals; and a risk-based, science-based approach to chemical assessments. The government has instituted a science-based regulatory system to improve assessment and mitigation of risks to ensure the proper management of chemicals. The government will take one of the following actions on chemicals once industry has provided feedback on chemicals being evaluated: no action, put the chemical on a Priority Substances List for further assessment, or recommend the chemical be added to the List of Toxic Substances with the possibility of virtual elimination.

In 2010, IPC was successful in deterring the Canadian Department of the Environment from banning five rosin-containing substances from all products manufactured and sold in Canada. Rosin is a key ingredient in soldering materials used in the manufacture of over seventy-five percent of electronics products, including sophisticated defense systems and telecommunication and transportation technologies. There are no suitable alternatives for Rosin and a ban would negatively affect the reliability and functionality of all electronic products manufactured or sold in Canada.

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