Nanomaterials

Welcome to the nanomaterials section of the New Substances website. This portion of the website is intended to provide you with information on the New Substances Program as it relates to nanomaterials.

In Canada, as well as Internationally, there is general consensus that existing legislative and regulatory frameworks for chemicals are considered appropriate to assess and manage the potential risks to the environment and human health from nanomaterials. Adaptations may be necessary in some cases to account for the specific properties of nanomaterials. As such, any substance, including a nanomaterial, that is not listed on the Domestic Substances List (DSL) is considered to be new to Canada and is subject to the notification requirements under the New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers).

Click on the appropriate heading on the left to find out more information about the risk assessment and risk management of nanomaterials under the New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers) and Canada’s involvement in related initiatives.

For information on the administration of the New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers), follow the link below:

Nanotechnology Update – Consultation document on CEPA registry

On behalf of the New Substances Program at Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada, we invite you to participate in our stakeholder consultation regarding the Proposed Prioritization Approach for Nanoscale Forms of Substances on the Domestic Substances List.

The consultation document is available for a 60 day period for public comment

Stakeholders are welcome to submit their comments by September 25, 2016 to the following email address: eccc.substances.eccc@canada.ca

Advisory Notes

Guidance Documents

For general guidance documents related to the administration of the New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers), follow the link below:

Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials Guidance Documents on Nanomaterials

Companies should consider the following documents when generating data for the notification of a new nanomaterial under the New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers).

  • Guidance on Sample Preparation and Dosimetry for the Safety Testing of Manufactured Nanomaterials. OECD Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials. No. 36, ENV/JM/MONO(2012)40
  • Important Issues on Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials. OECD Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials. No. 33. ENV/JM/MONO(2012)8
  • Preliminary Review of OECD Test Guidelines for their Applicability to Manufactured Nanomaterials. OECD Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials. No. 15.  ENV/JM/MONO(2009)21

For other declassified documents published by the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials, follow the link below:

Published Orders Related to Nanomaterials

Published orders can include ministerial conditions, ministerial requests for additional information, ministerial prohibitions, significant new activity notices, and waivers.

For more information and to see the full list of Published Orders made under the New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers), visit the Published Orders: Chemicals and Polymers web page.

Risk Assessment Summaries of Nanomaterials

Environment Canada and Health Canada are increasing the transparency of the New Substances Program by publishing summaries of environmental and human health risk assessment reports for new substances that are that are subject to a control measure.

The relevant nanomaterial risk assessment summaries for notifications received as of January 1, 2013 will be posted on a biannual basis.

For more information and to see the full list of risk assessment summaries for Chemicals and Polymers, visit the Chemicals and Polymers Publication of New Substances Risk Assessment Summaries.

Links to Related Initiatives on Nanomaterials

Regulatory Cooperation Council Nanotechnology Initiative

Information on the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC)Nanotechnology Initiative, an initiative to better align the two countries’ regulatory approaches is available on the Government of Canada’s Regulatory Cooperation Council.

Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) addresses human health and environmental safety of manufactured nanomaterials and examines approaches for their safety testing and risk assessment. For more information on Canada’s role at the OECD WPMN, visit the Government of Canada’s Regulation and Standards.

International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 229 – Nanotechnologies

The International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 229 (ISO TC 229) develops standards related to nanotechnologies specifically targeting: terminology and nomenclature, metrology and measurement, and Environment, Health and Safety. For more information about Canada’s role on ISO TC 229, visit the Government of Canada’s Regulation and Standards.

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