In February 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama announced the creation of the Canada-United States (US) Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC). The goal of the RCC is to increase Canada-US regulatory transparency and coordination. The regulation of nanomaterials is one of the horizontal initiatives under the RCC.
During the winter and spring of 2012, a Canada-US working group developed the RCC Nanotechnology Work Plan which specifies concrete objectives, deliverables and milestones for tangible progress within the RCC’s two-year mandate.
As part of the RCC Nanotechnology Work Plan, Canada and the US have committed to identifying common principles for the regulation and oversight of nanomaterials to help ensure consistency across the government, for industry and consumers in both countries.
In June 2011, the U.S. White House released the document “Policy Principles for the US Decision Making concerning Regulation and Oversight of Applications of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials”. The Government of Canada has developed a draft document, “RCC Nanotechnology Policy Principles for Decision-Making Concerning Regulation and Oversight of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials” which adopts, within a Canadian RCC context, the principles outlined in the US document.
The Government of Canada is now initiating a 60-day public comment period, to finish on July 17, 2013 date, inviting stakeholders to comment on the draft Policy Principles document.
Following the 60-day comment period, it is anticipated that the final document will be published in late Fall 2013. A Response to Comments document will be available.
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