March 30, 2020

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Canada imposes “ministerial conditions” on automotive lubricant ingredient
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The Canadian government has imposed “ministerial conditions” on 9-octadecenoic acid (Z)-, compound with (Z)-N-9-octadecenyl-1,3-propanediamine, allowing its use to manufacture engine and transmission lubricants or when contained within those products.

When Environment Canada and Health Canada suspect that a new substance may be toxic, control measures are imposed to minimize any risk to the environment or human health.

The government suspects the substance is toxic or capable of becoming toxic, according to the criteria in section 64 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (Cepa). It has therefore imposed control measures to minimise any risk to the environment or human health.

Announced in a 1 February Canada Gazette notice, the conditions allow the manufacture and import of the substance only when used in an automotive lubricant context. The Canada Gazette is the official newspaper of the Government of Canada.

 The government’s notice also sets out certain record-keeping and transfer of possession requirements for the substance’s use.

The conditions are effective as of 22 January 2020.

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