The purpose of this notice is to encourage Canadian manufacturers, importers, advertisers and sellers of consumer products to achieve compliance with the flammability performance requirements for certain consumer products set out in regulations under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) without using flame-retardant chemicals.
- The function of flame-retardant chemicals is to slow the ignition and the spread of fire. Some are harmful to human health when used in certain products based on how exposure to the chemical can occur.
- Compliance with the flammability performance requirements set out in regulations under the CCPSA for certain consumer products can be achieved without the use of flame-retardant chemicals.
- To support product innovation and to protect the health of Canadians, Health Canada encourages regulated parties to use safe and non-chemical alternatives to meet consumer product flammability performance requirements.
- Recognizing the potential risks of flame-retardant chemicals to human health or the environment, the Government of Canada has assessed, and continues to assess, a number of substances with flame retardant uses under the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP).
- When a risk to human health or the environment is identified, appropriate regulatory actions are taken under the CCPSA or the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA).
- Health Canada encourages regulated parties to voluntarily disclose the chemicals used in the consumer products they supply in Canada, including any flame-retardant chemicals, when requested by individuals including distributors, retailers or the public.