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IMA-NA Comments on Canadian Draft Risk Assessment of Talc

Posted By Mark Ellis, Wednesday, February 6, 2019

IMA-NA filed comments today on a Draft Screening Assessment Report (DSAR) and draft Risk Management (RM) Scope proposed on December 8, 2018, by the Government of Canada, specifically Health Canada (HC) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).  The comments come at the close of a 60-day comment period.  In their draft evaluations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA), HC and ECCC proposed that talc may enter the environment in a quantity or concentration under conditions that constitute or may constitute a danger to human life or health in Canada.  The DSAR found that ecological risks presented by talc were low, but concluded talc may be harmful to human health, citing risks of lung damage and ovarian cancer from inhalation and perineal use, respectively.  IMA-NA challenged these proposed findings, advancing powerful arguments and persuasive evidence.  IMA-NA also challenged the communications campaign HC engaged in upon release of the DSAR and RM Scope, arguing that any such campaign only should have been undertaken following a final adverse determination made on the weight of scientific evidence available and considered, not on a draft determination.  While critical of the scientific and process deficiencies underlying the DSAR and RM Scope, IMA-NA’s comments demonstrated that a properly conducted evaluation would lead to a conclusion that talc is not toxic under CEPA.  IMA-NA looks forward to further opportunities for stakeholder engagement with HC and ECCC on these issues.

The IMA-NA cover letter and its attachments can be accessed below.

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