What you Should Know About Canada's Advanced NHP Regulations

On October 15, 2014

Canadians can be proud to have one of the world’s most rigorous systems for protecting our health and safety, and ensuring we have access to safe, effective and high quality Natural Health Products (NHPs). At the heart of this system is an eight-digit number.

As of September 1, 2014, all NHPs licensed for sale in Canada must have an eight-digit Natural Product Number (NPN) located on its label. The NPN means that the product has been assessed by Health Canada and deemed to be safe, effective and of high quality. Best of all, the information attached to this number is completely traceable through Health Canada’s Licensed Natural Health Products Database. The Canadian approach to regulation is often referred to as a “pre-approval” system which means that all NHPs must be approved by Health Canada before they are allowed to be legally sold in Canada. This system puts Canada far ahead of many other countries, who rely on "post-market reporting." It is important to recognize that Canadian Natural Health Product Regulations were developed through extensive consultation with consumers, academics, and health care practitioners. They address Canadians’ concerns about NHP availability and safety and what has emerged is a system that responds to consumer needs and prioritises safety, effectiveness and quality.

Click here to find out more about how natural health products are regulated in Canada to ensure that you have access to products that are safe, effective, and of high quality.