In late November, Environment Canada (a department within the Canadian government that implements Canada’s environmental policies and programs) published a final screening assessment of TBBPA, a common flame retardant used in printed boards, and two of its derivatives. The final assessment concludes that none of the substances meet the criteria for regulation under Section 64 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).
In January, IPC submitted comments to Environment Canada on their draft screening assessment and encouraged the organization to examine current data showing the safety of TBBPA to human health and the environment. As a result, Environment Canada concluded that TBBPA did not meet any hazard criteria under CEPA that would require further action, contrary to their draft report. Environment Canada did note that concerns regarding these substances may arise in the future if new activities occur.
IPC supports Environment Canada’s findings and intends to stay engaged in the process.