In an article published on November 27, 2018, by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, editor Kelly Franklin informed that the Canadian department for public health, Health Canada, launched a public consultation on the definition of the term ‘vulnerable populations’ in the context of chemicals management.

Health Canada proposed to adopt the following definition: “[A] group of individuals within the general Canadian population who, due to either greater susceptibility and/or greater exposure, may be at greater risk than the general population of experiencing adverse health effects from exposure to chemicals.” With the consultation, the department aims to better address and protect vulnerable populations within the country’s chemicals management. Comments can be submitted until January 21, 2019.

Future consultations will address “[e]ndocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and combined exposures to multiple chemicals,” Franklin reported.

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Kelly Franklin (November 27, 2018). “Canada seeks input to ‘renew its approach’ to chemicals management.Chemical Watch