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The Domestic Substances List (DSL) was first compiled in the early 1990s to identify substances that were in commerce in Canada between 1984 and 1986. At the time of compilation, basic information such as substance quantities, uses and industry sectors involved were collected. The information available for many substances on the DSL may no longer represent current commercial activity in Canada. The Government of Canada recognizes the benefits of maintaining an up-to-date inventory of substances in commerce. Regular updates of domestic substances inventories are also done in other jurisdictions. Work to update information on substances on the DSL, undertaken under the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP), is addressed in Phases. Each update does not include all substances on the DSL. Instead, subsets of substances were surveyed, in Phase 1 and Phase 2, based on priorities identified through the CMP.
Each update does not include all substances on the DSL. Instead, subsets of substances are surveyed based on priorities identified through the CMP.
Analysis of mandatory and voluntary responses received from the section 71 Notice published under Phase 2 of the DSL IU (December 2012) indicates that there are approximately 1325 substances for which no information was submitted, including 260 polymers and 65 substances currently on the DSL under masked names. Further updates from the analysis of survey results will be shared in the coming months.
The Notice applied to approximately 2700 substances, including 560 polymers and 90 masked substances.
The list of substances for which no information was submitted under Phase 2 of the DSL IU is now available. These substances will be considered under the Rapid Screening and Polymer approaches.
Any person who did not meet the reporting requirements listed in Schedule 2 of the Notice but was, or is currently, involved with the substances in Phase 2 of the DSL IU or has relevant information on these substances is encouraged to contact us to provide the applicable information.
A response to the Notice is required from those who met the reporting requirements and did not respond. As the deadline for responding to the Notice was September 4, 2013, the response must be submitted as soon as possible to the Minister of the Environment to the attention of the Substances Management Coordinator.
This section 71 Notice sought to obtain updated information on the commercial status of substances that are remaining priorities, to support any subsequent risk assessment and risk management activities, if applicable. This initiative will inform Rapid Screening, the Polymer Approach, as well as priority setting for the next phase of the CMP.
In December 2012, a Notice was issued in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 146, No. 48 - December 1, 2012 under section 71 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). This Notice applied to approximately 2,700 Substances in Phase 2 of the DSL IU.
Every person to whom this Notice applied was required to comply with the Notice no later than 5 p.m. EDT, September 4, 2013. Please see the Guidance Document for completing the CEPA section 71 Notice.
In August 2013, an amendment was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 147, No. 31 - August 3, 2013 to remove the substance Ashes (residues), CAS RN 68131-74-8 from Part 2 of Schedule 1 of the Notice. It is not mandatory to report on this substance to comply with the Notice. However, information requested on this substance is still encouraged to be submitted on a voluntary basis.
Responses to the section 71 Notice, the Declaration of Stakeholder Interest and the Declaration of Non-Engagement can be submitted via Environment Canada's Single Window.
Guidance on how to submit your information via Environment Canada's Single Window, is available in the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) Online Reporting How-To Guide.
Some of these substances have been addressed using the Rapid Screening Approach.
In October 2009, a Notice was issued in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol.143, No.40 - October 3, 2009. The Notice collected data from those that manufactured or imported inanimate (chemical) substances, whether alone, in a mixture, in a product, or in a manufactured item during the 2008 calendar year. This Notice applied to approximately 500 inanimate substances (chemicals), complementing the information collected or generated as part of the DSL categorization process, in order to inform prioritization of these substances and subsequent risk assessment and risk management activities.
In October 2009, a Notice was issued in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol.143, No.40 - October 3, 2009. The Notice collected data from those that manufactured or imported animate substances, whether alone, in a mixture or in a product during the 2008 calendar year. This Notice applied to approximately 45 animate substances (micro-organisms), complementing information collected or generated as part of the DSL categorization process, in order to inform prioritization of the substances and subsequent risk assessment and risk management activities.
If you have questions or comments on Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the DSL IU, please contact us. Indicate on the envelope or subject line "DSL IU Inquiry".