From September 7th to October 24th of 2016 stakeholders will be able to provide input to Health Canada on a possible revolutionary change to Canada’s regulations on self-care products.
The proposal entails grouping products with similar risk profiles together, with risk level being based on the safety of the product. Products intended for this consultation include Cosmetics, Natural Health Products, and common OTC Drugs. The picture above is the Proposed Risk Classification System using a graphic made by Health Canada.
Under the new proposal, products deemed low risk would not require preapproval. Products with medium to higher risk would be provided an authorization number if they have been reviewed and approved, and if any claims the product has are based on scientific evidence. A disclaimer will also be found on the product if Health Canada has not approved the claim. The new proposal prevents Canadians being deceived by product claims, and provides more clearer and concise regulations for companies to bring products to the Canadian market.
Health Canada is welcoming comments from consumers, health professionals, the industry, and those interested in the proposal.
If you wish to read further, the full consultation document can be found here. Health Canada is encouraging everyone to provide feedback, and you can do so here through the online consultation. If you have any questions that we can help with, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.