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In an effort to resolve inconsistencies in several consumer product regulations within the scope of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (“CCPSA”), Health Canada has implemented certain changes, including a June 22nd, 2016 change to the scope of the Phthalates Regulations (“Regulations”). The Regulations outline the allowable quantities of phthalates in child care articles and toys containing vinyl. These restrictions are intended to prevent potential safety risks to children who are exposed to products containing…

Last week EPA issued its first regulatory determinations for new chemical substances under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The amended section 5 of TSCA requires EPA to make an affirmative safety finding with respect to new chemical substances.  EPA determined that four chemical substances are not likely to present an unreasonable risk.  The four chemicals are fatty alcohols-dimers, trimers, polymers; depolymerized waste plastics; propyl silsesquioxanes, hydrogen-terminated; and organic modified propyl silsesquioxane. EPA’s initial…