January has been an exciting month in the Regulatory world, with the SFCR (Safe Foods For Canadians Regulations) and the Pill Press and Related Equipment Control Act both coming into force on January 15, 2019. You can read our previous summary of the SFCR here. The Pill Press and Regulated Equipment Control Act is specific to the province of British Columbia and aims at restricting manufacturing equipment in an effort to combat the opioid crisis by disrupting the access to equipment used in the illicit production of opioids in B.C. Those who own, possess and/or use pill presses and … [Read more...] about Registrations now required for pill presses and related manufacturing equipment in B.C.
In February 2018, the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) invited stakeholders to partake in a discussion about proposed changes to the existing management of applications policy (MAP)to enhance the quality of applications and streamline the licensing process for Natural Health Products (NHPs). A proposed MAP was made available for a 60-day written feedback period with stakeholders ending on November 5, 2018. With the final policy slated for publication in spring 2019, the following key areas of the MAP should be considered as industry members prepare for change … [Read more...] about Proposed Changes to the Natural Health Products Management of Applications Policy (NHP MAP)
With just under a month to go before the new SFCR (Safe Food for Canadians Regulations) come into force, our clients in the food industry are active with excitement (and questions!) about the new regulations. Note that not all food businesses need a license by January 15, 2019, despite this being the coming into force date for the SFCR. In fact, I would venture to say that most of our valued NHP/food clients have until July 15, 2020 to comply with licensing requirements. However, please confirm this for your business by navigating the links on the CFIA website such as Timelines, Licensing, … [Read more...] about Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) coming into force January 15
Over the past year, we have seen a shift in focus from Health Canada, who is showing increased communication between their product licencing and site licencing divisions. Quality testing for finished natural health products (NHPs) has been a largely unexamined area for a number of years, and it is now coming into focus. Health Canada is connecting dots and asking more questions about the quality tests conducted on licenced NHPs. Let’s back up a step. In today’s industry, it is not uncommon for natural health product (NHP) brand owners to delegate the responsibilities of manufacturing, … [Read more...] about NHP Finished Product Testing: A Shifting Focus from the NNHPD
Health Canada recently completed safety reviews of green tea extract (GTE) and alpha-lipoic acid as ingredients in Canadian natural health products (NHPs), and their conclusions call for action by companies holding licenses for products with these ingredients. For GTE, Health Canada identifies a potential risk of liver injury, and has strengthened Canadian safety information to mitigate this risk. The GTE Monograph has been updated, and Health Canada now requires the following risk information on product licenses and labels for GTE-containing products: “If you have a liver disorder, … [Read more...] about Health Canada deadlines for NHPs containing green tea extract and alpha-lipoic acid
Yesterday, Health Canada announced their proposed new legalization framework for cannabis in Canada – full proposal is found here – and which is now launching Canada to the forefront of the global cannabis market. I’ve seen many regulatory adjustments and changes to cannabis in the last decade, but nothing quite like this. Most of us are still waking up with a “regulatory hangover” and trying to process all of the changes. As the founder and CEO of the world’s largest and most professional cannabis compliance firm (CCI) and also NHP Consulting, I’m writing this article to provide my insights … [Read more...] about New Cannabis Health Products Framework Announced