New Self-Care Framework Timeline

New Self-Care Framework Timeline

Health Canada is working towards improving the way self-care products (cosmetics, NHPs, and non-prescription drugs) are regulated in Canada. These changes will be implemented via the “Self-Care Framework” to regulate low-risk self care products in the same way, and reduce the regulatory burden.

Health Canada published an updated timeline for the various phases in the framework’s implementation process.  Due to the upcoming Canadian Federal Election, there have been changes to the original schedule. After public consultations, the updated approach to regulating self-care products is targeted to be phased [...]


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Revised In-Commerce List (R-ICL) Update

Revised In-Commerce List (R-ICL) Update

What is the R-ICL?

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999) was implemented by Health Canada to protect the environment and human health by contributing towards sustainable development. A section of the Act focuses on decreasing the risks associated with new and existing substances. Substance lists were established to distinguish new substances from existing ones, and to determine reporting requirements or risk assessments needed for certain substances.

The In-Commerce List [...]


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Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) - A Portable Dialysis Device

Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) - A Portable Dialysis Device

Most dialysis patients are presented with limited options for having a great quality of life. The quality diminishes further when they must consume 20-30 pills a day and have to put a harsh cap on their amount of fluid intake. Due to kidney dysfunction, they are in the hospital frequently, and must go to dialysis for 12 hours a week to get their blood filtered. It is safe to say that holding a job is tough for the average dialysis patient, and depression sometimes becomes a factor due to the multitude of restrictions put on his/her life. That's [...]


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Reclassification of High-Level Disinfectants and Sterilant Solutions as Class II Medical Devices

Reclassification of High-Level Disinfectants and Sterilant Solutions as Class II Medical Devices

Health Canada issued a notice on March 18th, 2018 regarding changes to classification of high-level disinfectant and sterilant solutions intended for use on medical devices. Instead of being regulated by the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR), disinfectants and sterilants used on medical devices are going to be regulated as Class II Medical Devices under Medical Device Regulations (MDR) if they do not meet the definition of an antimicrobial agent under Food and Drug Regulations (FDR).

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The U.S. Crackdown on CBD

The U.S. Crackdown on CBD

The increasingly popular use of CBD in prepared food and drink in New York City is beginning to gain attention for its questionable legality. The New York City Department of Health confirmed that it is starting to place focus on restaurants that use cannabidiol (CBD) as a food additive, banning products and warning restaurant owners of potential fines to come. Until now, CBD could be found in a variety of products such as brownies, lattes, and cocktails.

CBD can originate from both cannabis and hemp plants. Although industrial hemp cultivation was legalized by the U.S. in 2018, the Food and Drug [...]


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Recyclable Cosmetic Packaging - A Step Closer to an Eco-Friendly World

Recyclable Cosmetic Packaging - A Step Closer to an Eco-Friendly World

As environmental awareness increases, consumers are looking for products that are sustainable for a better future. This means buying cosmetics and personal care products that are packaged in materials that are not going to end up in landfills or contribute to diminishing the Earth’s natural resources. Most products currently on the market are packaged in plastics that are not biodegradable or compostable and may have limited potential for future use through recycling programs.

However, both small beauty brands and multinational cosmetic corporations are rethinking their packaging models to consider more eco-friendly options in order to reduce their environmental footprints. A [...]


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Expanded Sunscreen Pilot – Health Canada

Expanded Sunscreen Pilot – Health Canada

Having fun in the sun is usually not a good idea without having proper sunscreen protection. Sunscreens are equipped with active ingredients that prevent damage from UV rays by using either chemical or physical UV filters. However, with most sunscreen products in Canada being categorized as drug products due to their sun protection factor (SPF) content, importing them into the country has been a regulatory burden. The Expanded Sunscreen Pilot aims to reduce this burden.

A Health Canada project worked to reduce this burden by [...]


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Canada's Food Guide - Revamped!

Canada's Food Guide - Revamped!

After a multiyear project to revise Canada’s Food Guide, the Canadian federal government has introduced a new food guide that dramatically overtakes its iconic previous one, shifting its focus towards encouraging plant-based eating, and reducing emphasis on meat and dairy products.

What to avoid?

Most highly processed foods contain added sugar, saturated fat, and sodium, and are also recommended as foods to avoid in the revised guide. Relying on ‘ready-to-eat’ foods and drinks contributes to an unhealthy lifestyle, and has been correlated to higher obesity rates and abnormal blood-cholesterol levels.

An additional proposed rule was issued on February 26th, 2019 by the United States Food and Drug Administration as they work towards finalizing a monograph for non-prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) sunscreen drug products. The efforts are aimed towards ensuring consumers have access to safe and effective sunscreen products based on the latest findings in science. The proposal focuses on the following:

Sunscreen Active Ingredient Safety

There are 16 active ingredients currently marketed in sunscreens. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are proposed to be [...]


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Alexa – Your New Best Friend for Cardiovascular Health?

Alexa – Your New Best Friend for Cardiovascular Health?

For patients facing the ongoing health concern of having high blood-pressure, it can be difficult to monitor the status of their condition over a long period of time. It may be a feasible option to check blood-pressure on a daily basis, and take medication to control it. However, how is one supposed to easily assess whether their cardiovascular health is improving or depreciating without meticulously documenting each recording daily? Once again – Amazon has a solution to the issue!

Omron Healthcare Inc. has recently disclosed [...]


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