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Triclosan

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Timelines

Timelines
Date Activity
November 26, 2016 Publication in the Canada Gazette of the assessment on triclosan and the risk management approach for triclosan.
September 11, 2013 Deadline for submission of information for the section 71 Notice (with an extension).
July 11, 2013 Deadline for submission of information for the section 71 Notice (without an extension).
February 9, 2013 Publication of the section 71 Notice with respect to triclosan.
March 31, 2012 Publication in Canada Gazette and start of 60-day public comment period on the:
  1. preliminary assessment report and the
  2. risk management scope for triclosan.

Assessment and Risk Management Approach

In November 2016, the Assessment on Triclosan was released and the related Notice was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 150 No. 48 - November 26, 2016 (PDF Version - 2,264 K).

The assessment concluded that triclosan meets one or more of the criteria set out in section 64 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999), therefore the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Minister of Health proposed to add triclosan to Schedule 1 of the Act. A Proposed Risk Management Approach for Triclosan was also released on this date for a 60-day public comment period.

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has indicated that triclosan is no longer registered in Canada as a pest control product. Canadian registrants have voluntarily discontinued the sale of pest control products containing triclosan for use as a material preservative in textiles (including leather), paper, food contact material such as cutting boards and countertops, plastic, and rubber materials.

Preliminary Assessment and Risk Management Scope

In March 2012, the Preliminary Assessment on Triclosan  was released and the related Notice was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 146 No. 13 - March 31, 2012 (PDF Version - 1380 K).

Based on the re-evaluation of triclosan as part of the preliminary risk assessment, the PMRA proposed to conclude that the use of pest control products containing triclosan in Canada does not pose an unacceptable risk to human health.

A risk management scope was also released in conjunction with the publication of the preliminary assessment. There was a 60-day public comment period associated with these publications.

Comments provided during the 60-day public comment period on the preliminary assessment, the risk management scope, and the Government's responses are summarized in the Summary of Public Comments Received on the Preliminary Assessment and Proposed Risk Management Scope for Triclosan.

Background

Under the categorization exercise, triclosan was found to meet the ecological criteria. Triclosan as a pest control product was also scheduled for re-evaluation under Health Canada's PMRA pesticide re-evaluation program that considers potential risks, as well as value, of pesticide products to ensure they meet modern standards established to protect human health and the environment. The re-evaluation of triclosan was conducted as part of its preliminary assessment.

Section 71 Notice (Mandatory Survey)

In February 2013, a Notice that applies to triclosan was issued in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 147, No.6 - February 9, 2013 (PDF Version - 1,820 K) under section 71 of CEPA 1999.

Submissions Received for Triclosan

Type of Response Approximate Number
Responses to mandatory section 71 Notice 52
Requests for extension of the deadline for section 71 Notice responses granted 2
Expressions of "Stakeholder Interest" 20
Other submissions (for example, studies, additional information) 8

If you have questions or comments, please contact us. Indicate on the envelope or subject line "CMP Triclosan Inquiry".