It was noted that the Water Quality and Health Bureau has been changed to the Water, Air and Climate Change Bureau. The Secretariat updated members on CEPA, the Federal Drinking Water Compliance Program, the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, the Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, the various Divisions of the Water, Air and Climate Change Bureau (science, treatment and standards, policy), and Health Canada's research lab.
Members were updated on a range of projects undertaken by the Water, Air and Climate Change Bureau, including the CDW orientation manual, the Health Canada web site and CDW extranet site, a guidance document on developing a hierarchy for numerical guideline values, the federal waterborne contamination and illness response protocol, work on unregulated small and individual water supplies, source water indicators, recreational water quality guidelines, and water re-use guidelines and standards.
Guidance on hierarchy for numerical guidelines:
Federal Waterborne Response Protocol
Small & Individual Supplies
Source Water Quality Indicators
The liaison updated members on the activities of the Committee on Health and Environment since the last CDW meeting. It was noted that the liaison will be retiring soon and a replacement will need to be found.
The liaison provided an update on the water-related activities of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment and Environment Canada.
The Secretariat gave a background presentation on the work of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Water. It was noted that Health Canada's Water, Air and Climate Change Bureau's status as a WHO Collaborating Centre has been renewed for another 6 year term.
The liaison provided a written report to members. It was noted that the liaison will not be able to continue in his role. The CDW Secretariat will be the liaison until a replacement is found.
Members and certification bodies discussed concerns with counterfeit products on the market. The representative from SCC gave a presentation updating members on its certification program. The Secretariat gave a presentation on information provided to the CDW from the certification bodies. Members raised the issue of certified products that are repackaged losing their certified status. It was noted that the CDW received no concerns this year about products.
Each jurisdiction provided a report on its program and legislative activities, training and outreach programs, publications and current key issues.
The next meeting will be in Toronto, May 2-4, 2007. The fall 2007 meeting will be held in Ottawa, October 24-26.