Natural Health Products (NHPs), including homeopathic medications, are important self-care products that many Canadians rely on daily. However, it's important to remember that even if a product is labeled a "natural', it isn't always safe. Like all drugs, NHPs may have serious side effects. Health Canada is seeking your input on new regulations which would improve safety by ensuring manufacturers provide more information to consumers.
As Canadians, patients and consumers, Patients for Patient Safety Canada (PFPSC) has been actively supporting Health Canada's review of the regulatory framework for self-care products. Selfcare products include many common items found in drug and grocery stores, including toothpaste, sunscreen and shampoo. They also include natural health and homeopathic products like vitamins and minerals, herbs, and homeopathic preparations.
Health Canada's new regulations are designed to enhance consumer safety by requiring;
Consultations are the cornerstone of the regulation of health products in Canada. From the Standing Committee on Health's examination of the issue, to the draft Regulations, to the publication of the Natural Health Products Regulations in Canada Gazette, Parts I and II, PFPSC have been involved every step of the way. Now is your chance to get involved.
Health Canada is seeking input from the public on the new regulations. If you're interested in learning more, visit Health Canada's website.