How can I find out if I can import a product into Canada?
From Environment Canada’s perspective, Chemical Abstract System (CAS) registry numbers for the substances found within the product that you wish to import must first be obtainedin order to determine if these substances are present on the Domestic Substances List (DSL). Once you've obtained the CAS registry numbers for these substances, you can verify its presence on the DSL by using the Search Engine which is available on the New Substances Website.
Firstly, if the substance is listed on the DSL you are not required to notify Environment Canada under the New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers) for any import or manufacture of the substance in Canada. If the substance is not on the DSL you are required to submit a New Substance Notification (NSN) package to Environment Canada before the import or manufacture activities start.
CEPA 1999’s approach to the control of new substances (any substance that does not appear on the DSL of CEPA 1999) is both proactive and preventative, employing a pre-import or pre-manufacture notification and assessment process. When this process identifies a new substance that may pose a risk to human health or the environment, CEPA 1999 empowers Environment Canada to intervene prior to or during the earliest stages of its introduction into Canada. This ability to act early makes the new substances program a unique and essential component of the federal management of toxic substances.
Should you be required to submit an NSN, you can review the Guidelines for the Notification and Testing of New Substances: Chemicals and Polymers (available on the New Substances Website), wish to find out more on the New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers) provisions, wish to consult the DSL, or would like to obtain instructions on how to complete the notification, please contact the New Substances Division:
Telephone: 1-800-567-1999 (within Canada)
(819) 953-7156 (outside Canada)
Facsimile: (819) 953-7155
Secondly, please verify that the substances found within the product you wish to import have not been added to Schedule 1, List of Toxic Substances, under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. If any of the substances contained within this product is listed on Schedule 1, there may be risk management tools in place that restrict its importation or manufacture in Canada.
For more information of the management of substances found on Schedule 1, please do not hesitate to contact GR-RM@ec.gc.ca .
For information on the management of the health risks and safety hazards associated with many consumer products, please contact Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Bureau (CPS-SPC@hc-sc.gc.ca).
For information regardingthe programs and services offered by theCanada Border Services Agency please contact this agency at the following e-mail address,CBSA-ASFC@canada.gc.caor visit the Canada Border Services Agency Website.
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