Foreign Site Reference Numbers

Foreign Site Reference Numbers

Since the authority of Health Canada ends at our borders, they cannot issue licences to companies outside of Canada but they do have the authority to make certain that the products entering Canada comply with our regulatory requirements.  They accomplish this by having the “foreign” company supply appropriate documentation (similar to what is required to receive a Site Licence).

When these documents are deemed compliant with good manufacturing practices, an FSRN is granted by the NNHPD. Then, that company can and must be annexed onto your Canadian importer’s Site Licence. The “foreign” company is annexed and the natural products are allowed into Canada via that importer. Once annexed, there is no limit on how many shipments of licenced products can come into Canada. (Licensed products means only natural health products that have received a natural product number/NPN).