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GMP Audits for Site Licences in Canada

Health Canada’s Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) provided a glimpse of some proposed changes in their Six-Month Calendar of Activities for January-June 2017. The last one on the list, Compliance Monitoring Projects, has to do with on-site auditing of GMP compliance. This one may be of particular interest to those facilities with a […]

Cosmetics & Skin Care Products

The sale of skin care products and cosmetics is on the rise thanks to the holiday gift season that’s now upon us, and the need for Canadians to hydrate their skin to combat the dry and cold weather during Canadian winters. Two categories of consumer products, cosmetics and over-the-counter (OTC) drug products, may be used […]

Food vs Natural Health Product (Dietary Supplement) Classification

The distinction between foods and dietary supplements (natural health products) is often challenging for those groups looking to sell these products in Canada. However product classification is a first and necessary step in the process of getting these products to market. There are many ingredients that sit on the food/natural health product interface; many ingredients […]

Natural Health Product Licensing – Canada

The Canadian system of pre-market licensing for natural health products (dietary supplements) tends to be surrounded by a cloud of mystery for groups looking to sell their products in Canada. The two types of licenses required before sale are distinct in what they cover, and the licenses may be owned by different parties, which results […]

Health Canada Cosmetic Updates – Coming Soon

For anyone looking to sell cosmetics in Canada, a cosmetic notification form must be submitted to Health Canada for all products. The on-line notification process, which is the preferred route for submitting these forms, has been on hold while system upgrades are taking place. However Health Canada has indicated that the off-line phase is shortly […]

Exporting Dietary Supplements to Canada

If you are already selling your dietary supplements in the United States or other countries outside of Canada, chances are you want to grow your business by exporting your dietary supplements and natural health products to Canada too. After all, the value of the natural products industry in Canada is estimated at over 3 billion […]

New Health Canada Guidance Document – Acetaminophen

Health Canada released the finalized guidance document for the labelling of acetaminophen containing products in Canada. The guidance document is relevant for both single acetaminophen products and multiple ingredient products containing acetaminophen. The labelling standard has been revised based on the outcome of a 2014 acetaminophen review which recommended that the label include stronger alcohol […]

Resveratrol Supplements in Canada

Resveratrol has long been designated as having anti-aging properties even amidst mixed reviews of its efficacy in humans. Popular sources of resveratrol include grapes, red wine, blueberries, cranberries, and dark chocolate. Currently in Canada there are numerous resveratrol-containing supplements approved as natural health products (dietary supplements) by Health Canada’s Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate. […]

Proposed Regulations for Self-Care Products: Canada

This month Health Canada released the consultation document on their proposed model in Canada for regulation of “self-care” products. The aim of the new approach is to regulate this group of products in a consistent manner and approach, and remove some of the challenges of the current system. Health Canada defines self-care products as those […]

US Dietary Supplements Update

Given the exponential growth of the dietary supplement category in the United States to well over $30 billion in annual sales, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the US Food and Drug Administration has responded with the creation of the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs (ODSP). The primary focus of the ODSP, […]