Registrations now required for pill presses and related manufacturing equipment in B.C.
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 related equipment (such as NHP Site License manufacturers, Drug Establishment License holders, and companies that sell such equipment) must now register their equipment via the online portal at www.gov.bc.ca/pill-press. At this time, there is an exemption for health professionals (pharmacists, naturopaths, etc) who possess controlled equipment.
Controlled equipment that is automated or semi-automated such as pill presses, encapsulators, dies/moulds/punches, mixers and blenders are the subject of registration. If you are an ‘owner’ of such equipment you will fall under one of these 3 categories: Authorized Owner, Registered Seller, or Waiver holder, noting that the Registered Seller is the only category requiring a criminal record check.
For sellers of controlled equipment who are not also a license holder, registration must be complete no later than April 1, 2019. For those who own, use and/or possess the equipment must complete the registration no later than July 1, 2019.
If you fit the criteria above, additional information concerning the new Regulation, FAQs, and the online registry can be found on the Government of BC webpage (or by accessing the hyperlinks in this blog). Should you have questions, please feel free to direct them to PillPressLicensing@gov.bc.ca. Alternatively, if you need further help, don’t hesitate to contact us at NHP Consulting. We have experts on staff who can support you in meeting the requirements of the Pill Press and Related Equipment Control Act.