Health Canada Industry Guides for Certain Consumer Products and Use of Flame-Retardant Chemicals

Health Canada is advising interested parties that updated industry guides for several products that are subject to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) are now available. The following industry guides have been updated to provide information related to the use of flame-retardant chemicals: 

– Industry Guide to Canadian Requirements for Carpets and Other Textile Floor Coverings
– Industry Guide to Flammability of Textile Products in Canada
– Industry Guide to Health Canada’s Safety Requirements for Children’s Toys and Related Products
– Children’s sleepwear: Flammability requirement guideline
– Industry guide to futon flammability requirements in Canada

The updated industry guidesare located on Consumer Product Safety’s Reports web page.

Use of Flame-Retardant Chemicals
The function of flame-retardant chemicals in manufactured materials is to slow the ignition and the spread of fire. Certain flame-retardant chemicals may be harmful to human health or the environment. Health Canada encourages industry to use safe, non-chemical alternatives to meet the flammability performance requirements. Health Canada continues to evaluate the human health risks associated with flame retardant chemicals under the Chemicals Management Plan and encourages industry to monitor the information on the Summary of Flame-Retardant Assessments page regularly.

Summary of flame-retardant assessments and management conducted under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 is published here.

For more information, please contact the Consumer and Hazardous Products Safety Directorate, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch of Health Canada / Government of Canada at