Classifying what category a product falls into is one of the most important considerations when determining viability of that product in Canada. Often, a product may seem to fall under more than one classification (example: cosmetic or NHP?) making compliance difficult to determine.
Determining what category a product is classified as in Canada is essential in order to ensure that the proper regulatory pathway is pursued. In many cases, product classification is country-specific. For example, a “cosmetic” in the United States may be considered a “natural health product” (NHP) in Canada. Also, changes in regulatory definitions and classifications are ongoing which can complicate and make classification uncertain.
As the first step working with our clients, our team of experts will conduct a full product safety assessment and identify the appropriate product classification to ensure success in the Canadian marketplace. As part of the product review and classification, our firm will identify any potential areas of concern (including verifying ingredients are compliant), associated costs (if applicable) for registrations, advantages and disadvantages of a particular product category and make recommendations on how to bring the product into compliance.
NHP Consulting can provide you with classification exercises and suggest label or formulation changes to shift classifications.