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Canada Adopts Recommended Concentration for DEGME in Surface Coating Materials

Canada’s Department of Health has adopted a code of practice under subsection 55(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act of 1999 for a maximum recommended concentration of 10,000 milligrams per kilogram of 2-(2-methoxyethoxy) ethanol (DEGME) in surface coating materials available to consumers in Canada. This voluntary standard applies to paints and other similar materials that dry to a solid film when a layer is applied to a surface but does not include materials that become part of the substrate. It may be adopted by any person who manufactures in Canada or imports into the country surface coating materials that are consumer products containing DEGME.

Canadian authorities believe DEGME is entering the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions that constitute or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health. They note that the objective of this code of practice is to further protect human health by reducing the concentration of DEGME in consumer products that are surface coating materials. All applicable municipal, provincial, territorial and federal legal requirements pertaining to this substance must still be met and a commitment by any person to adopt the practices and procedures set out in the code does not remove obligations to comply with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

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