On October 1, 2012, Collection of Pharmaceuticals and Sharps − Responsibilities of Producers regulation (O. Reg. 298/12) came into force. Made under the Environmental Protection Act, this regulation will essentially require certain producers of pharmaceuticals and sharps to put in place systems that collect and manage their products after purchase (e.g., unused or expired pharmaceuticals or used sharps). More specifically, such producers’ obligations will include

  • providing for collection locations for consumers to bring the producer’s products; and
  • disposing of those products.

Depending on the circumstances, a producer may be the manufacturer of the product, the owner or licensee of the brand under which the product is sold to consumers in Ontario, the importer of the product into Ontario or the first person who sells the product in Ontario. Most of the obligations under this regulation come into force on January 1, 2013.

The Post-Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association (which represents health products industries) has indicated that it will develop return programs for pharmaceuticals and sharps, which may assist producers in complying with these obligations.

For more information, please see Ontario Regulation 298/12 and notification re return programs.