Health Canada has recently launched a proposal called the Consulting Canadians on the Regulation of Self-Care Products in Canada, which proposes changes that could significantly alter the way natural health products are regulated, and impact many of products you use on a daily basis. We've compiled some frequently asked questions below to help you understand the impact this new proposal could have.
Consumers wanting to learn more about a particular natural health product (NHP) can use Health Canada’s Licensed Natural Health Product Database. This database contains information about NHPs that have been issued a product licence by Health Canada. To use it, simply enter the eight-digit Natural Product Number (NPN) found on a product’s label. Using this database will grant you access to useful information for each product, such as:
The information that appears in this database is updated daily and the website includes a User Guide to help consumers navigating it. You will also find a Terminology Guide to help you understand the words and terms used within the database.
For more information and to access the Licensed Natural Products Database, click here.
The Natural Health Products Ingredients Database is a repository of scientific terminologies and pre-cleared information approved by the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD).
This database provides detailed information about approved medicinal and non-medicinal ingredients, as well as NNHPD monographs and abbreviated labelling standards.
The information you will find in the database includes:
For more information and to access the Natural Health Products Ingredient Database, click here.
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All of this information, and more, is available on Health Canada’s website here.