Save Our Supplements

In September 2016, Health Canada proposed changes to the way natural health products could be regulated. The changes proposed could lead to:

  • Reduced oversight for some of these products;
  • Reduced amount of information available to you about the natural health products you rely on; and,
  • Increased cost of products.

Canada is a global leader in regulating natural health products and we’d like to keep it that way.

As one of the 79% of Canadians that use natural health products we are encouraging you to tell Health Canada in person that you support the current regulatory framework and your continued access to choose safe and effective natural health products. Attend one of the following sessions to share your feedback. Please note you must pre-register to attend. 

Date Location Registration
September 7 to October 24, 2016 Online This consultation is now closed.
April 4, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saskatoon, Sask. This consultation is now closed.
April 5, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Vancouver, B.C. This consultation is now closed.
April 20, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Yellowknife, N.W.T. Register Now
April 24, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Montreal, Que. Register Now
April 28, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Halifax, N.S. Register Now
New session added:
May 1, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 
WebEx consultation session (English) Register Now
May 2, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Toronto (downtown), Ont. Register Now
May 3, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Toronto (airport), Ont. Register Now
May 5, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WebEx consultation session (English) Register Now
May 5, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WebEx consultation session (French) Register Now

 

If you don’t live in or near one of these areas please consider attending the webinars that will be taking place online on May 1 and May 5.


Proposing Less Product Oversight

Under the existing Natural Health Products Regulations, Health Canada reviews all natural health products and only approves them if sufficient evidence is submitted to show that each product is safe, effective, and high-quality. Under the consultation that was released in September, Health Canada proposed that only products considered high-risk and some products that are considered moderate-risk will be reviewed. Health Canada will not review products that are in the low-risk category. Instead, this proposal suggested that these products will be allowed to go to market right away, meaning that anyone can begin selling products without any review from the department in our government that is responsible for public health and safety.

Sending a letter to your MP today lets him or her know that you disagree with this change, and want to be sure that Health Canada has reviewed every product on the market for its safety, quality, and efficacy.


Proposing Less Information

The consultation document released by Health Canada proposed changes that could limit the information available on the packaging of many low-risk products. Instead, some of these products could only have a generic statement on their label about what they contain, not how they can be used, as well as a disclaimer noting that the product has not be reviewed by Health Canada.

Example of a current label

Example of a label if the proposed changes are passed:

By removing much of the information available about these products, consumers will be unable to make informed purchasing decisions, and as a result, many of these products will be forced to be pulled from store shelves. Those that remain will likely become more expensive to compensate for re-labelling costs and reduced sales.


Learn more

This proposal as released in September is trying to fix a system that is not broken and will be a step backward instead of forward. Our current regulations take into account the unique properties and low-risk nature of these products, ensuring you have access to NHPs that are safe, effective and high-quality, while respecting your freedom of choice, and the philosophical and cultural diversity of our country.

 

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Click here to find out more about these proposed changes and how they will impact you.

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions (F.A.Q.s) about Health Canada's proposal.

Click here to read our latest blog detailing these recent developments. 

Click here to learn more about the existing NHP Regulations.