Bill C-36: An Act Respecting the Safety of Consumer Products, was adopted by both the
House of Commons and Senate and will soon receive Royal Assent
OTTAWA, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - The Sandbox Project is pleased that on December 13, 2010 the Senate of Canada adopted, with no amendments, Bill C-36, An Act Respecting the Safety of Consumer Products. This was the final hurdle for the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act to become law in Canada and will soon receive royal assent.
"The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act compliments The Sandbox Project's goal of improving health outcomes with respect to injury prevention and we are pleased that it will soon become law," said Dr. Kellie Leitch, paediatric orthopaedic surgeon and founder of The Sandbox Project. "We congratulate the Government of Canada for listening to the concerns of both parents and consumers and passing this critical bill to improve children's well-being."
Bill C-36 is designed to repeal and replace Part I of the Hazardous Products Act, creating a new system to regulate consumer products that pose a danger to human health and safety. Among other things the bill seeks to:
- Prohibit the manufacturing, importing, marketing or selling of any consumer products deemed or proven unsafe to human health or safety;
- Require industry to quickly inform the government when they discover one of their products is linked to a serious incident, death, or product safety issue;
- Require manufacturers or importers to provide test/study results on products when asked;
- Empower Health Canada to recall unreasonably dangerous consumer products; and
- Make it an offence to package or label consumer products that make false or deceptive health or safety claims.
The Sandbox Project fosters collaboration among leading Canadian experts, translating that knowledge through the development of interactive tools, social media and best practices by building partnerships between parents, academic leaders, industry, and governments to make Canada the healthiest place on earth for children and youth to grow up. It was created to respond to recent and startling research conducted by Dr. Kellie Leitch in her report "Reaching for the Top" on behalf of the Government of Canada in 2007/2008. The report can be found at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/alt_formats/hpb-dgps/pdf/child-enfant/2007-advisor-conseillere/advisor-conseillere-eng.pdf.
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