Supply Chain Management


Effective supply chain management (SCM) solutions can provide paint and coatings companies with a means to control and minimize costs while improving customer service. Development of a responsive business strategy underscores successful SCM implementation. In the face of uncertain demand, balancing the need for cost reductions with the flexibility for the efficient operation of extended supply chains and the desire for increased risk management confronts most companies today. Regulations often differ in one jurisdiction over another and from country to country, thus alignment is required where possible with respect to hazard communications, workplace health and safety, environmental regulations, chemicals management requirements, security considerations, import-export rules, and more.

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Supply Chain Management

Issues Tracking, Regulatory Updates & Canada Coatings HUB Resources

Issue Overview

Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) assessing all chemicals in commerce, ongoing work on greater regulatory alignment, new use restrictions for biocides used in paint, new circular economy approaches to managing resources, and various other programs and policies all impact the supply chain. This is especially true of paint and coatings as more than 50 percent of paint and coatings sold in Canada is now imported from the United States. Raw materials used in paint formulations in Canada are imported into Canada from suppliers around the world. This requires those companies navigating the increasing complexity in Canadian regulations must be fully informed of what is need for continued compliance. If not, continued market competitiveness and supply chain protection will not be ensured. Furthermore, new approaches for compliance programs are characterized by automation, agility and accuracy within digital communications platforms.

CPCA’s CoatingsHUB will help member companies’ track and manage supply chain communications with supplemental data provided by CPCA. This is critical for both manufacturers and suppliers with a need to collect and analyze information on critical substances in Canada or now being assessed under the CMP. This is all being coordinated by CPCA in concert with its technical committees. This assures full compliance now and in future as regulations evolve over time when a company can:

  1. identify which suppliers use substances of concern or ‘very high concern’;
  2. communicate any change or deadline related to a supplier’s substance;
  3. check the supply chain to determine if new products contain a substance of concern; and
  4. effect any changes necessary to reflect regulatory changes related to concentration levels, use restrictions, labeling requirements, etc.

This helps your company stay ahead of regulatory changes and have an ‘early warning’ system in place to get out ahead of future regulatory impacts on the bottom line.

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The table below outlines all activities conducted by CPCA related to the issues within the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP). Anything that is marked as "Member Action Required" within the table will display in your dashboard if you are subscribing and following this issue. Look for important compliance dates and deadlines within the Compliance Calendar.