Canada’s Regulatory Framework

The Regulatory Framework In Canada

Natural health products are federally regulated and are licenced by the Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) which is a division of Health Canada. In order to import into and sell natural products in Canada, they require a Natural Product Number (NPN) licence which must appear on the front panel of the label, and shipped to a site licensed importer.

The following constitutes a natural health product that requires a federal NPN licence.

  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Herbal products and herbs with health claims
  • Homeopathic medicines
  • Probiotics
  • Nosodes
  • Enzymes
  • Amino Acids
  • Bacteria
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Traditional medicines such as Traditional Chinese Medicines
  • Ayruvedic medicine
  • Lithotherapy
  • Oligotherapy
  • Gemmotherapy
  • Etc.

Health Canada is open to reviewing additional types of scientifically provable products that might not fit into the above groups.