Health Canada carries out testing and research in its investigation of chemical, flammability and mechanical hazards of consumer products. We also develop and share test methods and technical advice with industry and private laboratories.
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Most of our tests are carried out to verify that products comply with existing safety regulations and standards. In addition, laboratory analyses provide valuable information following complaints and investigations.
Testing is performed on products such as cribs, household chemicals, paints, mattresses, clothing and tents.
The results of our testing are used in the development of safety standards and regulations, the enforcement of those regulations, the identification of potential hazards and in educational activities.