Health Canada Aims to Eliminate the Use of Flame Retardants in Certain Consumer Products

A look at Health Canada’s recent notice to stakeholders over the use of flame retardants in certain consumer products.
( | Press Release | 2021-07-22 18:42:09 )
Stakeholders are reminded Health Canada has published a notice concerning compliance with flammability performance requirements for specified goods under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA).

The intention of the notice is to the encourage manufacturers, importers, advertisers and sellers of these products to achieve compliance without using flame retardant chemicals, or by using safe and non-chemical alternatives.

CCPSA prohibits the manufacture, import, advertisement or sale of any consumer good that is a “danger to human health or safety.” While flame retardant chemicals are designed to slow ignition and the spread of fire, some can also be harmful to human health in certain exposure situations. Health Canada is encouraging businesses to voluntarily disclose to the public when any flame retardant chemical is used in a consumer product supplied or sold in Canada.

Current prohibitions and restrictions include:
• Polyurethane foam intended for a child under three years of age – prohibition on tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP)
• Textile fibres intended for use as wearing apparel – prohibition on tris (2,3-dibromoproply) phosphate (TDBPP)
• Loose-fitting sleepwear for children – restrictions on all flame retardant chemicals

For more information, see SGS’s original SafeGuard 090/21.

Stakeholders are also reminded that Health Canada has published, ‘Industry Guide to Flammability of Textile Products in Canada’. This offers advice to industry concerning what actions can be taken and encourages consideration of fiber content, fabric construction, weight and finish, etc., when designing, constructing and sourcing products and their components.

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For further information contact:

Louann Spirito
Consumer and Retail — Softlines
US & Canada Softlines Business Head
Tel: +1 973 461 7919

HingWo Tsang
Global Information and Innovation Manager Hardlines
Tel: (+852) 2774 7420

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