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.
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
You may have heard that Canadian food labels are going to be changing, and maybe you even read my blog from March 1, 2016 discussing these changes. (Note: for Canada, the proposed changes have not yet become law, as of July 2017, but we expect that this will happen within the next 6 months or so.) Our neighbors to the South announced similar changes, which were published as Final Rule on May 27 2016. Although similar to what Canada is proposing, the US FDA had imposed a significantly shorter compliance period: updated labels were mandatory by July 26, 2018 (or July 26, 2019 for … [Read more...] about Upcoming Changes to Food and Dietary Supplement Labels in the USA
On December 1, 2015 Health Canada’s Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate published a Notice to Stakeholders that formalized the long-anticipated updates to the Site Licensing (SL) process. The changes include a new QAR form, revised GMP and SL guidance documents, and new service standards, all of which have been implemented as of April 1, 2016. We’ve often heard clients comment that they think they may need a site license but aren’t sure what that really means. This article is designed to help clarify this area of the Regulations. First, let’s start by outlining the … [Read more...] about Do I Need a Site License?