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Triclosan

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Update

Under numerous monitoring and surveillance initiatives funded by the CMP, additional information on triclosan has become available. These initiatives include the Next link will take you to another Web site Second Report on Human Biomonitoring of Environmental Chemicals in Canada, the Next link will take you to another Web site Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) Study, and the Plastics and Personal Care Product Use in Pregnancy Study (P4). Additionally, information on triclosan is available as part of the Next link will take you to another Web site CMP Environmental Monitoring and Surveillance Program. The final assessment, planned for release in the spring of 2015, will be updated to reflect this information as well as data submitted by industry as part of the mandatory survey and public comments on the preliminary assessment.

Timelines

Timelines
Date Activity
Spring 2015 Anticipated release of the final assessment in Canada Gazette.
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 (a) preliminary assessment report and the (b) risk management scope for triclosan.

Section 71 Notice (Mandatory Survey)

In February, 2013, a Notice that applies to triclosan was issued in the Next link will take you to another Web site Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 147, No.6 - February 9, 2013 (Next link will take you to another Web site PDF Version - 1820 K) under section 71 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999).

Every person to whom this Notice applied was required to comply with the Notice by no later than 5 p.m. EDT, July 11, 2013.

The results of this survey will be summarized in the final assessment for triclosan and any related risk management documents, if needed.

Preliminary Assessment Report

In March 2012, the Next link will take you to another Web site Preliminary Assessment Report on Triclosan  was released and the related Notice was published in the Next link will take you to another Web site Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 146 No. 13 - March  31, 2012 (Next link will take you to another Web site PDF Version - 1380 K) for a 60-day public comment period. The public comment period for this document has closed.

The preliminary assessment report proposes to conclude that triclosan meets one or more of the criteria set out in section 64 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). Specifically, that triclosan is entering or may enter the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions that have or may have an immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment or its biological diversity. Additionally, it is proposed that triclosan meets the criteria for bioaccumulation but not for persistence as set out in the Next link will take you to another Web site Persistence and Bioaccumulation Regulations.

Based on the preliminary risk assessment, the Next link will take you to another Web site Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) proposes to conclude that the use of pest control products containing triclosan in Canada does not pose an unacceptable risk to human health. While use of these products may contribute to environmental exposure to triclosan, given the registered uses and the life-cycle of triclosan-treated products (for example, treated plastics, textiles, leather, paper and rubber), pest control products are not expected to contribute significantly to the risks to aquatic organisms identified in the preliminary assessment. Therefore, the PMRA proposes to conclude that the use of pest control products containing triclosan does not pose an unacceptable risk to the environment.

Risk Management Scope

In March 2012, a Next link will take you to another Web site Risk Management Scope on Triclosan was released for a 60-day public comment period. The public comment period for this document has closed.

The risk management scope is a preliminary outline of the options being examined for the management of a substance based on the proposed conclusions of the preliminary assessment. This document also contains Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) proposed mitigation measures for triclosan.

A proposed risk management approach outlining the Government of Canada's proposed plan to manage triclosan risk will be published at the same time as the release of the final assessment. The proposed risk management approach document will outline the proposed risk management actions, including the proposed choice of instrument. The proposed risk management approach document will also be subject to a 60-day public comment period.

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 Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) Next link will take you to another Web site 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.

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