CFPC Applauds Government Ban on Asbestos

December 16, 2016

(December 16, 2016, Mississauga, ON) The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) applauds the federal government’s decision to fully ban the use, import and export of asbestos by 2018 as announced on December 15, 2016. As front-line care providers, family physicians are very familiar with the negative impacts that asbestos has on human health. A significant body of scientific evidence also confirms the hazardous nature of this mineral.

The World Health Organization estimates that globally, at least 90,000 people die each year of asbestos-related lung cancer.

This is an encouraging example of the federal government demonstrating leadership to further enhance health outcomes.

The CFPC represents more than 35,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. The CFPC reviews and accredits continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licensing requirements and lifelong learning interests. It also accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. The College provides quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.


Jayne Johnston
Director, Communications
College of Family Physicians of Canada
905-629-0900 ext 303

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