Right now the natural health product industry is going through a battle to remain upholding the same safe and effective quality that exists today. In order to maintain the current standards of the Natural Health Product Regulations, Health Canada reviews all products, and their requirements are what makes Canada’s regulatory system one of the best in the world.
Where the battle begins, is at the moment Health Canada is proposing to discard this effective system. The alternative would be that only products that are considered high risk, for example over the counter products.
This means that you won’t be able to tell the difference and feel confident knowing the products your buying are upheld to the standards you’re used to. Essentially, these new changes will make it hard to get your hands
Allowing for vitamins, probiotics, herbal remedies, and traditional medicines to joining the market, without assurance of how safe they are.
To get involved and make your opinion known on how you feel about the matter, send a letter to your Member of Parliament. Many other impacts to the industry could happen along with the changes Health Canada is looking to implement so it’s important to share this information with other practitioners to become more vocal.