For many years we have been hosting Health Canada inspections of manufacturing sites and importers of simple drugs like SPF products. To date, Health Canada has not required similar inspections of facilities manufacturing or importing Natural Health Products (NHPs).
It is interesting that extremely rigorous inspections have been conducted for simple topical creams and foundations because they contain an SPF, where products taken orally for health considerations have not seen this requirement. It is clear now that Health Canada is intending to take more scrutiny of the manufacturing and importation of Natural Health Products. Manufacturers and importers of NHPs would be well advised to look at all aspects of their operations with regards to Good Manufacturing Practices, and to ensure that proper inspections are conducted and procedures are in place.