The Natural Health Products Regulations were created after many consultations with Canadian consumers, academics, healthcare practitioners and industry stakeholders. They address Canadians’ concerns about NHP availability and safety, as well as the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health’s 53 recommendations on the regulation of natural health products (NHPs) in Canada.
To be legally sold in Canada, all natural health products must have a product license, and the Canadian sites that manufacture, package, label and import these products must have site licenses
To get product and site licenses, specific labeling and packaging requirements must be met, good manufacturing practices must be followed, and proper safety and efficacy evidence must be provided.
Canadian regulation NPN (Licensing Requirements)
The licensing requirements of the Natural Health Products Regulations apply to any person or company that manufactures, packages, labels and/or imports NHPs for commercial sale in Canada. They do not apply to health care practitioners who compound products on an individual basis for their patients, or to retailers of NHPs.
Canadian regualtion NPN: Product licensing
All natural health products must have a product license before they can be sold in Canada. To get a license, applicants must give detailed information about the product to Health Canada, including medicinal ingredients, source, dose, potency, non-medicinal ingredients and recommended use(s).
Once Health Canada has assessed a product and decided it is safe, effective and of high quality, it issues a product license along with an eight-digit Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM), which must appear on the label. This number lets you know that the product has been reviewed and approved by Health Canada.