Here's what's new with the Canada Consumer Product
Increased Transparency in New Summary Reports:
As part of Health Canada's stated ongoing commitment to
transparency, it has announced that it will be publishing the
following summary reports on its website going forward:
Consumer Product Enforcement Safety
Reports These reports will provide information on
products that Health Canada has inspected. They will identify which
did and (more significantly) which did not meet applicable safety
standards. These reports will identify the brand, product name and
the responsible establishment, the nature of the non-compliance as
well as any corrective action taken. Health Canada has advised that
its inspections will focus mostly on children's products and
product categories with a high history of non-compliance.
Quarterly Consumer Product Safety Incident Summary
Reports These reports will provide statistical
information about the incident reports received by Health Canada
over the previous quarter. It is important to note that these
reports will not identify any specific products, brands or
companies. For Q2 2014, Health Canada reports that 432 incident
reports were filed, 171 of which included an injury. The largest
percentage of reports received related to housewares (33%),
followed by appliances (15%) and children's products
Insight into Health Canada's Risk Assessment
Processes: in December, Health Canada published its Risk
Assessment Framework outlining the manner in which it triages,
prioritizes and manages reports. This process includes, among other
Analysis of whether the report is properly made under the
Analysis of whether (on a preliminary basis) it appears from
the report that a more thorough risk assessment is required;
Identification and characterization of the hazard;
Estimation of the probability and severity of exposure to the
Integration of the risk assessment information to characterize
the risk and determine risk management options, if
Do You Know Where Your Children Are
(Sleeping)?: Health Canada has released a guidance on the
classification of cribs, cradles, bassinets and related products.
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