Current Regulations

Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and its Salts and Certain Other Compounds Regulations (SOR/2008-178)

The Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and its Salts and Certain Other Compounds Regulations (the Regulations) are made under subsection 93(1) and section 319 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). The purpose of the Regulations is to prevent the risks posed to Canada's environment from the use and release of perfluorooctane sulfonate, its salts and certain other compounds that contain the C8F17SO2, C8F17SO3 or C8F17SO2N groups (PFOS) by those users (the user[s]) that either use the substance as such or use certain products containing the substance. The Regulations prohibit the manufacture, use, sale, offer for sale and import of PFOS, as well as products containing PFOS, other than a limited number of exemptions outlined in the Regulations.

Contact Information:

Chemicals Management Division
Environmental Stewardship Branch
Environment Canada,
351 Saint-Joseph Boulevard, 10th Floor,
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
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Publication Information:

Canada Gazette Date published Volume and number
Part 1: 2006-12-16 Vol. 140, No. 50
Part 2: 2008-06-11 Vol. 142, No. 12

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