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New Substances Program - Operational Policies Manual

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1. Foreword

This Operational Policies Manual provides the staff of the New Substances Program, stakeholders of the New Substances Program, and the public with general information on how Environment Canada and Health Canada interpret and apply the provisions of Part 5 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) in the context of the New Substances Program. These operational policies will be updated from time to time, and additional operational policies will be added as they are developed.

Although care has been taken to ensure that these documents accurately reflect requirements prescribed in CEPA 1999 and the New Substances Notification Regulations (NSNR), notifiers are advised that, should any inconsistencies be found, CEPA 1999 and the NSNR will prevail.

Notifiers should also keep in mind that the operational policies described in this manual may not cover all situations. Notifiers should undertake, on their own initiative, to consult Environment Canada or Health Canada experts for specific information as necessary.

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