Repealed Regulations

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers Regulations (SOR/SOR/2008-218)

NOTE: these substances are now controlled under the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances, 2012





The Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers Regulations (hereinafter referred to as the Regulations) are made under subsection 93(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA). The purpose of the Regulations is to protect Canada's environment from the risks associated with polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) by preventing their manufacture and restricting their use in Canada, thereby minimizing their release into the environment. Specifically, the Regulations: a) prohibit the manufacture of PBDEs in Canada (tetraBDE, pentaBDE, hexaBDE, heptaBDE, octaBDE, nonaBDE and decaBDE congeners); and b) prohibit the use, sale, offer for sale and import of those PBDEs that meet the criteria for virtual elimination under CEPA (tetraBDE, pentaBDE and hexaBDE congeners), as well as mixtures, polymers and resins containing these substances. These Regulations represent an important first step in the risk management of PBDEs in Canada, with a focus on those PBDEs of greatest concern. The Regulations are part of a broader comprehensive risk management strategy for all PBDEs, under which additional measures are being developed to complement these Regulations, including measures to address PBDEs in manufactured products. These actions, collectively, will contribute to ensuring that the Canadian environment is protected and that Canadians' exposure to these substances is minimized.

Contact Information:

Chemicals Management Division
Environmental Protection Branch
Environment and Climate Change Canada,
351 Saint-Joseph Boulevard, 10th Floor,
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
Phone number:
Email address: ec.interdiction-prohibition.ec@canada.ca

Publication Information:

Canada Gazette Date published Volume and number
Part 1: 2006-12-16 Vol. 140, No. 50
Part 2: 2008-07-09 Vol. 142, No. 14

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