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.
Natural Health Product
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)
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