August 31, 2011 Articles

Reporting Product Occurrences to Canadian Authorities

By Julia Mercier and Cheryl Woodin

On June 20, 2011, the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) came into with the objective of providing better oversight of and response to risks created by consumer products in Canada.

The CCPSA has significant implications extending far beyond Canadian borders. This is because the act requires all manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, advertisers, and testers of consumer products and their components to report to Health Canada any occurrences where a product sold in Canada has caused or could have caused serious injury anywhere in the world. Reporting of incidents worldwide to Canadian health authorities is a very significant expansion of Canadian consumer protection legislation.

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