Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Natural Health Products Regulations and the Consumer

Life Choice Brands (P.S.A.) - Health Canada evaluates natural health products for safety, efficacy and quality and issues a license for those products that meet the regulatory requirements of the Natural Health Products Regulations.

Products that have been licensed will bear an eight-digit number preceded by NPN (Natural Product Number) or DIN-HM (for homeopathic medicines). Sometimes a product may be licensed but the label will not yet have been updated to show the license number. In these cases consumers can verify whether a product has been issued a license by searching the Health Canada Licensed Natural Health Products Database (http://webprod3.hc-sc.gc.ca/lnhpd-bdpsnh/index-eng.jsp).

Products that have been reviewed by the NHPD for safety but are still undergoing review for efficacy and/or quality and have not yet received a license 180 days after their initial receipt by Health Canada are eligible to receive an Exemption Number (EN). Products with Exemption Numbers are considered to hold a license under the Natural Health Products (Unprocessed Product License Applications) Regulations and are thus legal for sale in Canada. Consumers can also verify whether a product has a valid Exemption Number, if it is not visible on the label, by searching the Health Canada Exempted Products Database (http://webprod3.hc-sc.gc.ca/product-produit/search-rechercheReq.do?lang=eng).

Both these databases are maintained up to date and reflect the current status of a given product.

Other sources of information on the Health Canada website include product advisories and warnings; however, this information is not always current and warnings / advisories from several years ago may still be found on the Health Canada website. This information does not necessarily reflect the current compliance status of a given company. Even though the reasons for the warnings would have been corrected by the company the outdated information may still be posted on the Health Canada website.

Consumers should verify the current status of a product by searching the Licensed Natural Health Products Database and/or the Exempted Products Database and/or discussions with the actual company.

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