The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) 1999 is an Act respecting pollution prevention and the protection of the environment and human health. Both the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health have responsibilities under this legislation.
As part of an ongoing effort to maintain a safe and healthy environment, industry is working with the government in a review of all substances in commerce today, some of which are used in food and/or consumer goods, to ensure they comply with the Act.
The CEPA review is a complex process, the outcome of which will be to provide guidelines to industry around the specific use of substances based on a comprehensive and rigorous scientific analysis.
An extensive, multi-year review process is underway, in which industry sectors including the food and consumer goods industry, provide the government with the best data at our disposal about how we use specific chemicals. Health Canada incorporates this information in a risk assessment of each chemical to ensure the assessment process is comprehensive and completed with the utmost scientific rigour.
Canadian consumers can have confidence that the CEPA process will result in enhanced safety of the food and consumer product supply based on rigorous science. CEPA is just one part of a rigorous system of legislation, regulations and codes of practice dedicated to the safe use of substances in food and consumer products. For more information, visit the government’s Chemical Substances website.