The Health Canada’s revised in-commerce list (R-ICL) of
chemicals used in food, drugs, and cosmetics no longer includes 602 substances
that are not commercially active. These substances are therefore not subject to
notification under the Food and drug Act (F&DA).
The R-ICL is a list of
substances used in products introduced into commerce
between 1 January 1987 and 13 September 2001. Substances listed under the New
Substance Notification Regulation (NSNR) are not subject to notification
requirements for F&DA-related uses.
As proposed in October, the government aimed to
remove 544 substances produced or
imported in quantities less than 100 kilograms yearly. It
also aimed to
delist 125 pharmaceutical ingredients that were discontinued or never marketed.
In an announcement
on 18 February, the government said that it was removing all 125
pharmaceutical ingredients and all 477 substances below
the 100kg annual threshold.
67 chemicals were not removed at this time, according to Health Canada, "because they were identified as potentially having commercial activity in Canada." However, removed substances can re-enter the Canadian market through the NSNR, which come under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA).
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