Classifying what category a product falls into is one of the most important considerations when determining viability of that product in Canada. A safety assessment is similar to a claim substantiation, often requested at an early stage in product development.
Determining what category a product is classified as in Canada is essential in order to ensure 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, or a “dietary supplement” in the United States may be classified as a drug in Canada due to the inclusion of one ingredient. 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, 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 early-stage consultation on a product’s safety profile, for both Canada and abroad.