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
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
One of the most common questions from clients looking to enter the Canadian natural health market is, “What do I need to include on my label?” Most prospective sellers are familiar with the requirement for French text on Canadian labels, but a common misconception is that label content (claims, ingredient listings, graphics) may remain the same as is used for the product in other markets. To the contrary, Health Canada strictly regulates label content for natural health products, and, in addition to French text, specific labelling regulations need to be met before selling a natural health … [Read more...] about Labelling your natural health product for Canada.