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Title:Prioritization and assessment of flame retardants under Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan: Looking back and priorities moving forward
Author(s):Mochungong, Peter
Subject(s):flame retardants
emerging contaminants
Abstract:Presented by: Peter Mochungong – Scientific Evaluator at Health Canada, Co-authors: Leona MacKinnon, Angelika Zidek Abstract: Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) is an initiative aimed at reducing the risk posed by chemicals to Canadians and their environment. Under the CMP, the Government of Canada (GoC) is responsible for prioritizing and assessing those substances on the Domestic Substances List (i.e., substances in commerce in Canada between 1984-1986) under the purview of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), 1999. A number of flame-retardants were identified as priorities in 2006 and have since been assessed including tributyl phosphate (TBP), tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), dechlorane plus (DP), decabromo diphenyl ethane (DBDPE), hexabromocyclo dodecane (HBCD) and tri(chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP). Those with identified human health or ecological concerns are subsequently risk managed. Recognizing that new information continues to be generated that could help inform the identification of substances of concern; a regular review of available information is undertaken by the GoC. The approach, known as the Identification of Risk Assessment Priorities, enables the GoC to communicate how emerging issues are tracked, and to identify and prioritize substances requiring further work. Through this approach, 36 substances that are structurally related to organic flame-retardants previously assessed under the CMP or potentially used as flame-retardants have been recommended for further scoping. Biography: Dr. Peter Mochungong holds a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Southern Denmark. He first joined Health Canada 9 years ago as NSERC Visiting Fellow to Government of Canada Laboratories; conducting environmental contaminants research, especially the presence and fate of volatile and semi-volatile organic contaminants in air and consumer products. Dr. Mochungong is passionate about research, developing new methodologies and interpretation of toxicology and exposure data on chemical risk assessment to inform evidence-based policies and regulations. Dr. Mochungong currently works as Scientific Evaluator at Health Canada.
Issue Date:2021-04-27
Series/Report:2021 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference (ECEC21)
Genre:Presentation / Lecture / Speech
Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-04-26

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