Canada has signalled its intention to impose significant new activity (Snac) requirements on the ethylene glycol dimethyl ether substance EDGME.
If adopted, it would require those seeking to use the substance for any application identified as a 'significant new activity' to notify the Canadian government beforehand.
Ethylene glycol dimethyl ether – also known as monoglyme or 1,2-dimethoxyethane – has a mandatory reproductive toxicity 1B classification under the EU's classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP).
Canada has determined that current exposure levels do not present a concern to the general population. But because of its concerning human health effects, there is "suspicion that new activities that have not been identified or assessed could lead to monoglyme meeting the criteria set out in section 64 of [the Canadian Environmental Protection Act] Cepa".
The government is therefore proposing to move the substance from section 1 of the Domestic Substance List – under which its use is not subject to notification – to section 2.
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