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Triclosan

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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 applies is required to comply with the Notice by no later than 5 p.m. EDT, July 11, 2013. Please note that under subsection 71(4) of the Act, extensions may be granted upon written request. To apply for an extension, a written request must be submitted to the Minister of the Environment, to the attention of the Substances Management Coordinator, prior to the deadline. Please see the Next link will take you to another Web site Guidance Document for completing the CEPA section 71 Notice.

Persons who do not meet the requirements to respond to this Notice and have no commercial interest in the substance listed in the Notice, may complete a Declaration of Non-Engagement form for the Notice. In addition, persons who do not meet the reporting requirements of the Notice, but who have a current or future interest in the substance listed in the Notice, are encouraged to identify themselves as a stakeholder for the substance by completing the voluntary Declaration of Stakeholder Interest form, and/or by completing the Notice voluntarily. Organizations that may be interested in submitting additional information include those that manufacture, import, export or use a substance, whether alone, in a mixture, in a product or in a manufactured item.

The person will be included in future mailings regarding this substance and may be contacted for further information regarding their interest in triclosan.

In March 2012, a 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).  The preliminary assessment report proposed 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. The data that is being gathered via this Notice is needed to provide an update on quantities, use patterns, details on products and industrial processes to help identify potential sources of releases and quantities released to the environment. This information will be considered in the final risk assessment and will be used to inform risk management, if necessary. Information provided to Environment Canada and Health Canada under previous initiatives will also be taken into consideration.

The section 71 Notice, Declaration of Stakeholder Interest form and Declaration of Non-Engagement form may be submitted via e-mail, mail or fax. In order to facilitate reporting information for this initiative we are providing an alternative method for responding via a Triclosan Reporting Form. Respondents are encouraged to complete their section 71 Notice using the Triclosan Reporting Form and submit it via e-mail. 

Links to the mandatory survey and related materials are available:

Responses to the Notice must be submitted to the Minister of the Environment, to the attention of the Substances Management Coordinator by email, mail or fax. For general inquiries on the Notice, please contact us. Indicate on the envelope or subject line "CMP Triclosan Inquiry".

Timelines
Date Activity

February 9, 2013

Publication of the section 71 Notice with respect to triclosan

July 11, 2013

Deadline for submission of information for the section 71 Notice (without an extension).

September 11, 2013

Deadline for submission of any voluntary information by interested stakeholders.

Fall 2013

Anticipated release of the final screening assessment in Canada Gazette.

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 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). 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.

Information on how to submit comments is provided in the Canada Gazette Notice.

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 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. Industry and other interested stakeholders are being invited to submit comments on the content of the risk management scope document or to provide other information that would help inform decision making. Comments submitted on the risk management scope for triclosan, prior to May 30, 2012, will be taken into consideration as the Government of Canada moves forward in managing risks associated with this substance.

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".