Canada lists triclosan as a ‘toxic substance’

Canada lists triclosan as a ‘toxic substance’

Canada has added triclosan to schedule 1 of its Environmental Protection Act (Cepa), according to a report published by Chemical Watch.

The listing of the preservative commonly used in personal care products as a toxic substance follows a risk assessment published in late 2016, which concluded that it meets the environmental toxicity criterion laid out in section 64 of Cepa.

The classification will allow the government to develop further regulation of triclosan or usher in risk management measures. Regulation to that effect is expected by May 2020. The chemical is already confined to a maximum concentration of 0.03 percent in cosmetics mouthwashes and cosmetic products under Canada’s Food and Drugs Act’s Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist.

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