Under subsection 69(3) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, before importing or manufacturing a new substance, companies must notify the Minister of Environment if it is not on the list so that the Ministers of the Environment and Health may determine whether the substance meets any of the criteria for ‘environmentally sound practices, and objectives for desirable levels of environmental quality.’

Guidelines explain the obligations of the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health respecting assessment periods, and those of the Minister of the Environment with respect to the addition of a chemical or polymer to the Domestic Substances List.

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