Current Regulations

Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 (SOR/2012-285)

The Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 (hereafter referred to as the Regulations) are a multi-substance risk management instrument used to prohibit the manufacture, use, sale, offer for sale or import of the toxic substances listed in Schedule 1 and 2 of these Regulations, as well as products containing these substances with a limited number of exemptions.

In 2016, the Government of Canada amended the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 to add five substances, namely hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), perfluorooctanoic acid, its salts, and its precursors (PFOA), long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids, their salts, and their precursors (LC-PFCAs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and perfluorooctane sulfonate its salts and its precursors (PFOS).

The Amendments also include the following changes:

  • Accredited laboratory provisions: the references in section 13 are updated to include laboratories that are accredited under Quebec's Environment Quality Act (C.Q.L.R., c. Q-2)
  • Record-keeping provisions: a new subsection 15(3) is added that requires regulatees to notify the Minister if records are moved
  • Changes to the information required in an application for a permit or an application for renewal of a permit (Schedule 4). These changes are aimed at simplifying the application process
  • Minor editorial changes to improve the clarity and consistency of the regulatory text (subsections 3(2), 10(3) and 10(4))
  • Repeal of the Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers Regulations and the Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and its Salts and Certain Other Compounds Regulations.

Please visit the following link in order to obtain further information: Regulations Amending the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 (5 substances).

On November 5, 2016, the Government of Canada published the proposed Regulations Amending Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012, which would modify existing regulatory requirements for Benzenamine, N-phenyl-, reaction products with styrene and 2,4,4-trimethylpentene (BNST).

Contact Information:

Chemicals Management Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St.-Joseph Blvd
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
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Information to Help in Complying with the Regulations:

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Publication Information:

Canada Gazette Date published Volume and number
Part 1: 2011-07-23 Vol. 145, No. 30
Part 2: 2013-01-02 Vol. 147, No. 01

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