Current Regulations

Regulations Amending the Phosphorus Concentration Regulations (SOR/2009-178)

Canada's Phosphorus Concentration Regulations (the Regulations), which came into effect in 1989, include a concentration limit of 2.2% for laundry detergents. These Regulations Amending the Phosphorus Concentration Regulations (the Amendments) broaden the scope of the Regulations to include other detergents and cleaners, and lower the limits on permissible phosphorus concentrations. Specifically, these Amendments

  • lower the phosphorus concentration limit for household laundry detergents from 2.2% to 0.5%;
  • clarify that a phosphorus concentration limit of 2.2% still applies to commercial and industrial laundry detergents;
  • introduce a phosphorus concentration limit for household dish-washing compounds of 0.5% (including hand dish-washing soap and automatic dish-washing detergent); and
  • introduce a phosphorus concentration limit for household cleaners of 0.5%.

The Amendments will come into force on July 1, 2010.


Contact Information:

Products Division
Industrial sectors, Chemicals and Waste Directorate
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Place Vincent Massey, 9th Floor 351 St. Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
Phone number:
Fax number: 819-938-4480
Email address: ec.produits-products.ec@canada.ca

Publication Information:

Canada Gazette Date published Volume and number
Part 1: 2008-06-28 Vol. 142, No. 26
Part 2: 2009-06-24 Vol. 143, No. 13

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