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
What happens when you find yourself, a Canadian natural health product (NHP) brand owner, manufacturer, or importer, without the in-house experience necessary to meet Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines? Large and small companies alike struggle with GMP and quality assurance (QA) from time to time – sometimes as a result of being new to industry and GMP requirements, and other times due to staffing shortages, employee leaves, changes to your products or systems, or the scale of your business not requiring a full-time quality person. Do you need to close up shop until you have a … [Read more...] about Help! I don’t have a QAP or GMP is news to me.
With summer now fully underway, consumers’ attention has returned to sun protection and choosing from the many sunscreens available on the market today. There has been focus recently in social media on sunscreen ingredients, so if developing a new sunscreen is in your plans, what should you know? Let’s start with a simple multiple choice question: Sunscreens are: Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs Natural health products Cosmetics All of the above Did I say simple? That may not be completely accurate! The answer is actually (d) All of the above. Depending on where you market your … [Read more...] about Sunscreens: EU, Canada, USA