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April 1, 2015Important Announcement from Health Canada – Non-compliant Products on Promocan

PPPC was recently notified of a complaint filed with the Health Canada Inspectorate office regarding potentially non-compliant products on the PPPC site (Promocan Search Engine and Virtual Catalogues). The affected product categories are:

  • Hand sanitizers
  • Hand and body lotions
  • Insect repellants
  • Lip balms
  • Sunscreen
  • Wet wipes / tissues

If you sell or plan on selling products within the above product categories, please pay careful attention to the following requirements and regulations:

Additional Resources:

If you require any assistance in determining whether or not your products comply with the above regulations, please contact Health Canada Directly by Email: or call Toll free: 1-866-225-0709

December 15, 2014Health Canada Consumer Product Safety Incident Report

Health Canada regularly receives reports on human health or safety concerns related to consumer products. Industry is required to submit reports when they become aware of an incident related to their consumer product under Section 14 of the CCPSA. Consumers also report to Health Canada on a voluntary basis. All reports on consumer products are reviewed for possible health or safety hazards. Factors considered include the age of the person involved, the severity of any injuries, and any other details of the event. This allows Health Canada to focus risk assessment and risk management actions on products that may pose an unacceptable risk to Canadians.

Read Health Canada’s most recent incident report here

May 31, 2014Federal Government’s Prepaid Card Regulations Now in Effect

The Prepaid Payment Products Regulations was introduced in December 2013 and came into effect on May 1st, 2014. Fees for prepaid payment products, including promotional gift cards, which allow consumers to make purchases or cash withdrawals using funds that have been pre-loaded onto a card, must now be disclosed to consumers in an information box displayed prominently on the product’s exterior packaging.

The new rules will ban maintenance fees for at least one year after the card is activated and will ensure that funds for a prepaid card never expire. The regulations will apply to all prepaid cards in the market on May 1st, 2014, regardless of when the card was purchased.

See also FAQs on Prepaid Cards.

May 20, 2014Temporary Tattoos May Put You At Risk

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration warned last week that temporary tattoos may cause problems such as redness, blisters, raised red weeping lesions, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight, and even permanent scarring.

More details here:

May 14, 2014California Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags

A proposal to phase out the use of single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores was approved Wednesday by a key Assembly panel despite heavy lobbying efforts by the plastics trade industry, which warned it would cost the state thousands of jobs.

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April 14, 2014Changes to Canada’s General Preferential Tariff (GPT) regime will mean higher duties for importers

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March 14, 2014Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation Comes into Effect July 1, 2014.

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October 3, 2013San Francisco Expands Plastic Bag Ban to Restaurants

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September 26, 2013Industry Canada Headlines :

News from Industry Canada who works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace. Read here.

Health Advisories, Warnings and Recalls

For the most up-to-date list of recalls, advisories, and safety alerts from Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Transport Canada: click here.

September 18, 2013Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Likely to Proceed with October Hearing on Magnet Rule

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September 13, 2013A Brief Look at Quality Control in an Asian Factory

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July 22, 2013U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Flammable Sunscreen Warning

CCPSA: Guidelines on Mandatory Reporting of Incident (Article 14)

In June 2011 Health Canada released the Guidance on Mandatory Incident Reporting under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act – Section 14 Duties in the Event of an Incident. Since this time Health Canada has continued to receive feedback on these reporting requirements and has witnessed how industry is using and applying Section 14 under the CCPSA.

Based on this information, Health Canada will be updating the guidance to provide further clarify and specificity on Section 14 reporting requirements under the Act. In this regard, Health Canada is launching a consultation on the proposed changes and is seeking stakeholder feedback and comments.

You are invited to submit any feedback on this draft to by April 30, 2013

March 21, 2013Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA)

See the full document here:

Act current to 2013-03-04 and last amended on 2011-06-20.

Consumer Product Safety News: Recalls

Consumer Product Safety News: Recalls For up-to-date and reliable health and safety information, click here:

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Information on Environmental and Workplace Health

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Environment Canada Acts, Regulations and Agreements

Environment Canada administers or shares responsibility for over two dozen Acts addressing issues as diverse as pollution prevention, weather modification, wildlife protection and emergency management. The list of Acts, Regulations and more can be accessed here:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada’s Commitment to Collaboration on Toy Safety

Details here

December 12, 2012Toronto Plastic Bags Ban Rescinded

Toronto City Council has rescinded its decision to ban plastic bags in retail operations.

Details here

November 2012Is it illegal to charge a fee for processing a credit card?

According to the Competition Bureau of Canada, the no surcharge rule prevents merchants from charging a fee on transactions made with Visa or MasterCard credit cards.

Details here

October 2012PPAI Product Safety Summit to Feature Health Canada Speaker

PPAI will be hosting the second Product Safety Summit in conjunction with North American Leadership Conference (NALC) to be held August 12-14 in New Orleans, Louisiana. PPAI has secured Health Canada as one of their speakers and invites PPPC members to attend.

Details here

July 7, 2012Health Canada Posts Video of CCPSA Webinar

New on the Health Canada web site is the video of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act Webinar held on October 5, 2011.

Details here

July 1, 2012CPSC and Molenaar Recall Folding Step Stools Due to Fall Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with PPPC supplier Molenaar LLC (PPPC 20080110) of Willmar, Minn., has issued a voluntary recall of the Folding Step Stool, which may break or collapse unexpectedly when in use, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

July 13, 2012Health Canada Consultation on Proposed Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations

Health Canada is currently conducting a consultation on the creation of the proposed Administrative Monetary Penalties (Consumer Products) Regulations under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act. (CCPSA). These proposed Regulations are meant to further clarify the CCPSA provisions of the administrative monetary penalties process on matters such as classifying violations, fixing penalties, and the circumstances under which penalties may be increased or reduced.

July 12, 2012“Majestically Scientific” Study Casts Doubt on The Risks Associated with Bisphenol Aby

Joe Schwarcz, PhD, Director, McGill University Office for Science and Society

Details here – PDF