Canada has initiated a consultation for its proposed revisions to the Toys Regulations. Comments will be accepted until September 21, 2023.
On June 23, 2023, Canada issued its Notice of intent to amend the Toys Regulations (the Notice), a piece of legislation where many of the chemical and toxicity requirements have remained unchanged since it was introduced in 1970 under Part I of Schedule I to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and subsequently transferred under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and renamed as the Toys Regulations (SOR/2011-17).
The Notice seeks to revise seven items associated with chemical and toxicity requirements in the Toys Regulations. Highlights of these items in the Notice are summarized in Table 1.
Notice of Intent to Amend the Toys Regulations
Health Canada, June 23, 2023
|Item||Requirement||Highlights of Proposed Changes|
|2||Corrosive, irritant or sensitizing substances|
|3||Boric acid and its salts||The following options are under consideration: |
Canada’s current enforcement policy for boric acid or its salts in all toys is no more than 0.91% (9,100 ppm)
|4||Migration of certain elements||The following options are under consideration: |
|5||Finger paints||The following options are under consideration: |
|6||Liquids, pastes, putties, gels, powders and items of avian feather origin|
|7||Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets|
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