All Canadian companies wishing to import product from outside Canada are required to hold an Importer’s Site License. Each foreign manufacturer is required to be an annex to the Canadian importer’s license, and is necessary to facilitate importation at border crossings. The Canadian importer is ultimately responsible for the product once in Canada, and licensing ensures that product entering the Canadian market is compliant, safe, high quality and traceable.
Canadian importers are responsible for ensuring that all products entering the Canadian market are compliant and meet the requirements of the Regulations prior to importation into Canada. Importers must also have a valid importing Site License, issued by Health Canada, where the foreign manufacturing site is listed on the Importer Site Licence.
In some cases, foreign facilities may opt to complete their own registration and gain a Foreign Site Reference Number (FSRN) unique to their facility. The FSRN can then be referenced on the Importer’s Site Licence Application.
At this time, there are no government fees associated with the review of the FSRN package. On average the review process typically takes somewhere between 4-6 months, and approved facilities are listed publicly (downloadable) from the Health Canada website.
NHP Consulting has assisted many companies in achieving Importer’s Site Licences and FSRN by guiding and supporting clients through the process, as well as creating Quality Systems to ensure compliance and licensing.