In December 2006, the federal government launched its Chemicals Management Plan (CMP), which would greatly influence the sector’s overall compliance with respect to such things as mandatory data requirements, numerous actions in support of ingredient assessment, potential use restrictions, and related product labelling costs, etc. One hundred per cent of chemicals identified in the first phase of the Chemicals Management Plan were identified as high priority and were predisposed to being declared “CEPA toxic“.
CPCA partnered with government to develop a a Chemicals Management Plan Paint and Coatings Sectoral Strategy that would greatly reduce the negative impact on industry leading to the creation of the first ever sectoral industry-government working group for chemicals assessment in Canada, CPCA’s Paint and Coatings Working Group.
The PCWG continues to provide regular and solid scientific and market data on chemicals used in the sector and has developed a strong working relationship for the assessment of substances used in the coatings industry. The large majority of chemicals used by the coatings sector in Canada have been deemed “non-CEPA toxic” in the Chemicals Management Plan, saving the sector hundreds of millions of dollars in compliance and regulatory development costs. Members are pleased.