CANADA CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY ACT(CCPSA)
If you manufacture, import, distribute or sell a consumer product in Canada, as of June 20, 2011 there are new federal requirements under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) which affect you.
The CCPSA covers a wide variety of consumer products including children's toys and equipment; children's jewellery; textiles; household products; and sporting goods. Items such as natural health products, food, cosmetics and drugs are not covered under this Act (other legislation applies).
Several measures that are clearly defined in the Act will impact all businesses across Canada.
New key obligations include, but are not limited to:
I. Mandatory Reporting
Businesses are required to report to Health Canada any incident related to health and safety caused by a consumer product. This provides the government with timely information about important product safety issues.
II. Record Retention
Retailers are required to keep records providing enough details to know which suppliers they purchased products from, and also where and when (but not to whom) products were sold.
Other suppliers who manufacture, import, advertise, sell or test consumer products are required to keep records to indicate from whom they obtained the product and the businesses to whom they sold it.
These records are to be kept by businesses as part of any regular bookkeeping practices, and will help trace products throughout the supply chain should the need arise.
Please review the Quick Reference Guide to the CCPSA to see how the new federal requirements apply to you:
Visit Health Canada's Consumer Product Safety web site to view frequently asked questions, industry presentations and guidance documents regarding the CCPSA and its regulations:
For further information, contact your Regional Product Safety Office at 1-866-662-0666 or 416-973-1748.
Source: Health Canada
Added on June 27, 2012