OTTAWA, Feb. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Consumer Health Products Canada (CHP
Canada), the association representing makers of over the counter (OTC)
and natural health products (NHPs), publicly applauded the announcement
made over the weekend by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of
Health, Colin Carrie, that Health Canada has now licensed more than
60,000 natural health products based on their new approach to reviewing
product license applications. Dr. Carrie also announced the repeal of
the Unprocessed Product License Applications Regulations (UPLAR).
"Canadians now have access to more than 60,000 licensed natural health
products as a result of the Government of Canada's more efficient
approach to authorizing these products," stated Dr. Carrie.
The Unprocessed Product Licence Applications were registered on August 4, 2010 as a means for Health Canada to catch
up on their backlog of natural health product applications through the
issuance of exemption numbers. These Regulations allowed natural
health products to be sold legally, without a full review being
completed if they did not fall into certain risk categories.
The repeal of UPLAR ensures that exemption numbers will no longer be
issued. "Health Canada is taking steps to ensure that only safe and
effective products will be available for Canadians," said CHP Canada
spokesperson Adam Kingsley, " Canadians should be looking for products
carrying a natural product number (NPN) on the label to be sure the product has been reviewed and
approved by Health Canada for sale.
About CHP Canada
CHP Canada is a 115 year-old trade association representing the consumer health
products industry, including the manufacturers of natural health
products and over-the-counter remedies.
SOURCE: Consumer Health Products Canada/CHP Canada
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