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Canada | Minister of Environment Grants Waivers for Information Requirements under Canadian Environmental Protection Act

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The Canadian Department of Environment has issued waivers for information requirements under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The waivers pertain to substances and living organisms that are not on the Domestic Substances List. The Minister of the Environment, in consultation with the Minister of Health, has granted these waivers on a case-by-case basis.

For substances, the waivers include requests from companies such as Arkema Canada Inc., BASF Canada Inc., Brenntag Canada Inc., and Sika Canada Inc. These waivers exempt them from providing certain information, such as data on mutagenicity, melting point, boiling point, vapour pressure, biodegradability, and more.

In the case of living organisms, waivers have been granted to companies like Allogene Therapeutics Inc., Editas Medicine Inc., Freeline Therapeutics Limited, Fumoir Grizzly Inc., Future Fields, and Janssen Inc. The waived information requirements include tests on the effects of the living organisms on various plant and animal species, as well as tests of antibiotic susceptibility.

Approximately 100 waivers are granted annually for chemicals, polymers, and living organisms under the Act, with around 400 regulatory declarations submitted each year.

Link to the Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 157, Number 28: Index


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