Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

December 16, 2008 15:40 ET

Chemical Producers Welcome Vision and Strategy for Children’s Health

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2008) - The Canadian Chemical Producers' Association (CCPA) today congratulated the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment (CPCHE) for the release of their Vision and Strategy. The document entitled First Steps in Lifelong Health aims to improve children's health by focusing on issues relating to chemicals and chemical products.

"We're proud to have participated in the CPCHE's National Policy Consultation," said Richard Paton, President of CCPA. "The Vision and Strategy is a culmination of this process, and its emphasis on gathering scientific evidence and establishing productive dialogue with decision makers hits the right mark."

The National Policy Consultation in 2007 was a year-long dialogue with stakeholders, including CCPA, convened by Pollution Probe and CPCHE on the protection of children from known and suspected health risks posed by exposures to pollutants and hazardous chemicals in products. CCPA strongly supports the broad goals of strengthening Canada's capacity to assure product safety and address issues of children's health through science-based research and by furthering stakeholder dialogue and engagement. An example of how this approach can foster constructive, collaborative action is the recent, joint support by CCPA and CPCHE of providing funding in the 2008 federal budget for key science initiatives in the areas of longitudinal studies and biomonitoring.

CCPA remains committed to working with the federal government, the provinces and other stakeholders towards science based decision-making. In particular, CCPA believes the federal government's Chemicals Management Plan, which is leading the world in addressing issues related to chemicals, should continue to be the prime mechanism for co-ordinating Canada's response to these issues.

CCPA recently launched a new version of its Responsible Care ethic and principles which address more explicitly than ever before many of the health and environmental concerns that Canadians are expressing. These principles outline CCPA members' commitment to operating in a responsible and sustainable manner.

For more information visit: www.responsiblecare.ca, or www.ccpa.ca.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Chemical Producers’ Association (CCPA)
    Julien Lavoie,
    Public Affairs
    613-237-6215 x 239
    www.ccpa.ca