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On-site Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Training

The value of an employee training program is appreciated by organizations of all sizes and specialties. Training programs enhance the skills of employees and can bring personnel to a higher level with respect to expertise and knowledge. Specific training for employees involved in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) is a requirement for any Canadian business involved […]

Healthcare Logistics – Canada

The digital shopping revolution has experienced unprecedented growth over that past few years, and together with this phenomenon we have witnessed growth in third-party logistics and order fulfillment businesses. Customers expect their goods to arrive in perfect condition within a short time-frame. Consumer goods on the whole have become more readily available, and drug products […]

Alpha Hydroxy Acid Products – Canada

Alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs are naturally occurring acids derived from plant source such as sugar cane, apples and citrus fruit. Glycolic acid and lactic acid are two of the most common AHA’s found in skin care products. AHA containing facial skincare products have become increasingly popular as in-home treatments and facials are convenient and […]

Canadian Drug Facts Table & Plain Language Labels

Health Canada’s Plain Language Labelling initiative is well under way for drug products in Canada. Although the program was introduced several years ago, it has only been since June of 2017 that compliant labels were required to accompany all drug applications submitted to Health Canada. The goal of the plain language label (PLL) program is […]

Do I Need a License to Import?

We are often asked whether or not a license is required for health products that are planned for import into Canada.   Health Canada has an easy-to-follow policy on the importation of prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and natural health products (dietary supplements). The Guidance Document on the Import Requirements for Health Products under the Food […]

Health Canada Updates Site License Holders List

Two important lists regarding the manufacture and import of natural health products into have been updated on the Health Canada website.   The first list, the Site License Holders List, provides information on those facilities located in Canada that have received approval by Health Canada’s Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) for the following […]

Products at the Cosmetic-Drug Interface

There are several product groups on the border-line between cosmetics and drug products in Canada. Understanding which category your product belongs to is the first step in successful marketing your health product or cosmetic to Canadians.   Here’s a few categories of products that sit on the cosmetic-drug borderline in Canada. • Acne products • […]

List of Drugs for an Urgent Public Health Need

Health Canada has just announced which drugs will be included on their initial list of urgently needed medications, known as the List of Drugs for an Urgent Public Health Need. As a result of the new regulations announced this week, provinces and territories are now able to import top-priority medications that are not presently available […]

Attestation Process for (NHP) Product License Applications

The Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) has published a handy tool ahead of schedule (dated Winter 2017) to remind applicants about the attestation process for natural health product license applications. The monograph attestation form should be completed for all applications where one or more ingredients is supported by an NHP monograph, otherwise known […]

Drug Establishment License Holders to Import Urgently Needed Drugs

Health Canada’s April 2017 announcement regarding the importation of drugs for urgent public health needs confirmed that the Canadian government is indeed taking steps to respond quickly to a public health crisis. Health Canada plans to achieve this by opening up a new regulatory pathway for importation of products that have not been authorized for […]