A look at what’s new with the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Therapeutic Product Directorates’ List of Recognized Standards.

1. New Exemption Regulations to the CCPSA

On May 20th, Health Canada announced new regulations to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act that are now in force. The Exemption Regulations (Consumer Products) exempt retailers from preparing and maintaining documents of the person from whom they received a consumer product if:

  • The product was obtained by donation; and
  • The person donating the product is not in the business of manufacturing, importing or selling such consumer products.

Read the Regulation and the Regulatory Impact Statement here.

2. Proposed Changes to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act

The federal Transport Minister announced on June 1, 2015, that legislation is to be introduced to give Transport Canada new powers to order automobile manufacturers to recall vehicles and issue fines. Although the precise details are not yet known, the proposed changes will reportedly align Canada’s vehicle safety enforcement system more closely with that in the United States.

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide a summary of the draft legislation once it is released.

3. Recognized Medical Device Standards

Health Canada has announced proposed changes to the Therapeutic Product Directorate’s List of Recognized Standards for medical devices, consisting of:

  • 26 new standards to be added;
  • 9 new editions of currently recognized standards to replace previous editions; and
  • 17 standards to be removed.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide input by July 6, 2015. Details, and a link to the consultation document,can be found here.