The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) became law on June 20, 2011, with the primary purpose of protecting the public by addressing and preventing dangers to human health and safety that may be posed by consumer products. The Minister of Health (Health Canada) has authority to enforce the CCPSA. A wide variety of consumer products are covered under the Act, including children’s toys and equipment, children’s jewelry, textiles, household products, and sporting goods. Items not covered under the Act include natural health products, food and drink, cosmetics, prescription or over-the-counter drugs and medical devices.

There is a general prohibition in the CCPSA against the manufacture, importation, advertisement or sale of any consumer product that is a danger to human health or safety or is subject to a recall or other corrective measures. In addition to the products that are prohibited, a person is not allowed to manufacture, import, advertise or sell a consumer product in Canada that does not comply with the requirements of over 30 regulations under the act.

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