Health Canada’s consumer product safety program amendments to regulations 

The Consumer Product Safety Program advises that the Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (Surface Coating Materials) (SOR/2022-122) came into force on December 19, 2022.

Health Canada amends the Surface Coating Materials Regulations and four other regulations under the CCPSA that set requirements for applied coating materials. The Regulations address these issues for consumer products by (a) expanding the meaning of a surface coating material to include surface coating materials that do not “dry” on application, such as powder coatings that are applied electrostatically; (b) expanding the application for other decorative coating materials that may be applied to products during manufacture to include materials such as stickers or films; (c) expanding the 90 mg/kg total lead limit for applied coating materials to all furniture, not only furniture that are considered children’s products; (d) limiting the restrictions on lead, mercury and certain other harmful elements in coating materials applied to parts of products that are accessible; (e) removing an outdated test method for certain harmful elements in applied coating materials; (f) requiring testing to be done in accordance with a method that conforms to good laboratory practices; and (g) ensuring consistency across CCPSA regulations. A few housekeeping amendments are also included.

The amendments affect the following regulations under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act:

· Surface Coating Materials Regulations

· Carriages and Strollers Regulations

· Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations

· Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures Regulations

· Playpens Regulations 

· Toys Regulations 

Products in the scope of the regulations that are manufactured, sold, advertised, or imported in Canada must comply with the amended regulations.

Details and information on consumer safety products can be viewed here.

For any questions or inquires contact:
Consumer and Hazardous Products Safety Directorate /
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Health Canada/ Government of Canada