Canada Prohibits Certain Forms of PBDEs
No. 29/2008 Canada government passed the ban on certain PolyBrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) used as flame retardant on June 19, 2008 and the Regulations come into force on the day on which they are registered. The purpose is to to protect Canada’s environment from the risks associated with polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) by preventing their manufacture and restricting their use in Canada, thereby minimizing their releases into the environment.
Whereas, pursuant to subsection 332(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Minister of the Environment published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 16, 2006 a copy of the proposed PBDEs, substantially in the annexed form.
Scope These regulations target the raw materials, and do not apply to manufactured articles or final products containing PBDEs that are imported or already in use in Canada, such as electric and electronic components.
Regulation Prohibit the manufacture of PBDEs (tetraBDE, pentaBDE, hexaBDE, heptaBDE, octaBDE, nonaBDE and decaBDE congeners.
Prohibit the use, sale, offer for sale and import of those specific PBDEs that meet the criteria for virtual elimination under CEPA 1999 (tetraBDE, pentaBDE and hexaBDE congeners), as well as mixtures, polymers and resins containing these substances. Exemption Contained in a pest control product within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Pest Control Products Act.
For use (a) in a laboratory for analysis; (b) in scientific research; or (c) as a laboratory analytical standard.
Formed into a specific physical shape or design during its manufacture and that has, for its final use, a function or functions dependent in whole or in part on its shape or design.
Present as a contaminant in a chemical feedstock used in a process from which there are no releases of the polybrominated diphenyl ether, provided that the polybrominated diphenyl ether is destroyed or completely converted in that process to a substance that is not a polybrominated diphenyl ether. Information Source
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