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ECCC Assessment Summaries

Please view Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) assessment summaries below.

Assessment summaries published between January and March 2021 can be viewed here.

ECCC Document Ingredient(s) Potential Uses Outcome Risk Management Next Steps
  • NHPs & OTCs
  • Cosmetics
  • Food & Food Packaging (not impacted)
CEPA toxic RM scope to manage inhalation and perineal exposure from cosmetics, NHPs & OTCs

FHCP to input into the RM scope consultation that proposes to restrict the use of talc in cosmetics, NHPs and OTCs

DSAR Terpenes and Terpenoids Group (T & T Clove Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Guaiazulene)
  • Cosmetics & Personal Care 
  • NHPs
  • Cleaning Products
CEPA Toxic RM Scope to prevent or reduce exposures from T & T oil, sandalwood oil & guaiazulene from certain cosmetics Members were invited to participate in an upcoming industry survey to report on the levels of terpenes and terpenoids in NHPs
DSAR Benzyl Alcohol
  • NHPs
TBD DSAR TBD Members were invited to participate in an upcoming industry survey to report on the levels benzyl alcohol in NHPs
FSAR Chlorocresol
  • NHPs
  • Cosmetics 
  • Incidental
CEPA Toxic RM Scope to prohibit or restrict use by adding to Cosmetic Hotlist Members interested in submitting comments, please contact
FEQGs Aluminum
N/A Guidelines for environmental monitoring

Guidelines for Environmental Quality monitoring

DSAR Caprolactam Plastic film packaging on food, can coatings, food flavorings, cosmetics bulking agent, glue sticks Does not pose a risk to health or environment N/A  
FSAR Lotus Corniculatus, extract Homeopathic product, cosmetic cleanser, moisturizer, makeup and lip balm Does not pose a risk to health or environment N/A  
Pollution Prevention Notice Triclosan Cosmetics, NHPs and OTCs Poses a risk to organisms, but it is not entering the environment in concentrations that pose a danger Those subject to the notice must: reduce triclosan in products by 30%, prepare a Pollution Prevention Plan by Oct. 1, report on preparation of the plan on Nov. 9. Implement plan by Oct. 10, 2020, submit a report on implementation by Nov. 9, 2023.
For information on reporting, click here.
Anthraquinones Group FSAR

Non-cancer systemic effects: body creams and spray perfumes

Cancer effects: Oral exposure through lipsticks and lip balms, dermal exposure through body creams, permanent hair dyes, spray perfumes and face paints

Order to add to Schedule 1 of CEPA Risk Management Scope proposal to prohibit or restrict dermal and oral exposure to Solvent Violet 13 from use of cosmetics based on harm to humans. Exposure in topical NHPs was not identified as a concern. Future initiatives to track commercial status and new uses of Solvent Violet 59, Solvent Blue 36, Disperse Red 60, Acid Blue 239 and CAS RN 74499-36-8 could be considered.
Coal Tars and their Distillates FSAR Iron/steel milling sectors, pavement sealants Proposed actions do not directly 
impact food, health, and consumer product industries
Risk Management Approach

Notice of consultation on the FSAR

Notice of proposed order to add to the list of toxic substances

FSAR Benzoxazole, 2,2’-(1,4-naphthalenediyl)bis- Nail polish, artificial hair in dolls Not CEPA toxic    
FSAR Corn, Steep Liquor Antifreeze, pest control products Not CEPA toxic    
FSAR Nonane, 2,2,4,4,6,8,8-heptamethyl- Cosmetics (creams and lotions), NMI in NHPs & OTCs Not CEPA toxic    
FSAR Triazines and Triazole

Amitrole: Herbicide

NaDCC: Laundry & dishwashing products, disinfectants

Hexa(methoxylmethal)melamine: Food packaging and filters

Not CEPA toxic Follow-up activities considered for Hexa(methoxylmethal)melamine  
Additional Risk Characterization Document for zinc and its compounds   Other major uses of zinc include the health product industry Additional ecological exposure information has become available since publication of the DSAR (2019) on exposures from pulp and paper mills Previously communicated risk management actions targeted metal mining industries. Notice to provide input into additional risk characterization.
Approach for a subset of organic and inorganic substances prioritized under the Chemicals Management Plan Vitamin D3 NHPs, foods, drugs No further assessment N/A N/A
Phenol, Methylstyrenated DSAR   Synthetic resin, adhesives, sealants, coatings, paints, varnishes Meets Section 64(a) of CEPA Risk management (RM) scope Consult on RM scope and CG Notice by January 5, 2022.
Flame Retardants DSAR TPHP, IDDP Food packaging materials May be harmful to the environment RM scope minimizes release from products available to consumer via wastewater. Consult on RM scope and CG Notice by January 5, 2022. Provide information on alternatives and economic impacts.
BPA and structural analogues 188 substances Food packaging, cotton swabs, nasal sprays, tampons, etc.     CGI notice on data collection through Excel Reporting File due March 16, 2022. For more information on reporting, see the Guidance.
Acids and bases DSAR Hydroxylammonium chloride, sodium hypochlorite, sodium chlorate, calcium hypochlorite, chlorine, and chlorine dioxide Soaps, cleaners, laundry, bubble baths, lubricant eye drops, food additives, food packaging, MI or NMI in NHPs, cosmetics, toothpastes, teeth whitener, shampoos, vegetables, food preservatives, drinking water Not CEPA toxic   CGI Notice to provide data on the DSAR by February 2.
Select hydrocarbon-based substances DSAR 35 different substances (petroleum resin, hydrocarbon resin) Adhesives in food packaging (not food contact), NHP NMI adhesive use, wart removers, callus removers Not CEPA toxic   CGI Notice to provide comments by March 9, 2022.


Please view upcoming/planned assessments below

Expected Publications - January-March 2022 Product Types Potential Impacts
Aluminium, Selenium and Siloxanes Draft Federal Environmental Quality Guidelines (FEQGs) TBD TBD
Copper Federal Environmental Quality Guidelines (FEQGs) TBD TBD
Diethylenetriaminepenta (methylene-phosphonic acid) FSAR TBD TBD
Monocyclic and Bicyclic Sesquiterpenes Group DSAR TBD TBD
Phenol, 4-chloro-3-methyl- FSAR TBD TBD
Caprolactum Caprolactam DSAR TBD TBD
1-nitropropane FSAR Paints, cosmetic nail brush cleaners Not toxic
Alkyl Halides DSAR TBD TBD
Assessment of select hydrocarbon-based substances DSAR TBD TBD
Benzoxazole, 2,2’-(1,4-naphthalenediyl)bis- FSAR Nail polishes Not toxic
Framework for the Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 Sunscreens TBD
Heptamethylnonane FSAR OTCs, NHPs, cosmetics, sunscreens Not toxic
Substances identified as being of low concern using the Ecological Risk Classification of Inorganic Substances and biomonitoring or rapid screening science approaches TBD TBD
Version 2.0 of the Ecological Risk Classification approach for prioritizing organic substances on the Canadian Domestic Substances List DSL that did not meet categorization criteria (ERC2) TBD TBD
Proposed amendments to the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 Photolithography, recycled materials Removal of exemption
Proposed Environmental Performance Agreement for the Formulation of Chlorhexidine Products Drugs, soaps, cleaners Code of practice to minimize release from industrial sources
Final amendment to the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist to add conditions for 2-Ethylhexyl-2-ethylhexanoate (2-EH-2-EHA) Body lotion, make up Establish maximum concentrations
Proposed Code of Practice for the Environmentally Sound Management of Chemical Substances in the Chemicals, Plastics and Rubber Sectors    
Proposed amendment to guidelines for reduction of dyes released from pulp and paper mills    
Order to amend the DSL to vary the SNAc provisions for 2-Ethylhexyl-2-ethylhexanoate (2-EH-2-EHA)    
Notice of Intent to apply SNAc provisions to Thioperoxydicarbonic diamide ([H2N)C(S)]2S2), tetramethyl (TMTD)*    
Proposed Regulations Amending the Products Containing Mercury Regulations*