OTTAWA, April 13 /CNW/ - A recent Health Canada surveyi showing that consumer confidence in the safety, quality and
effectiveness of natural health products may be declining underlines
the urgent need to finalize implementation of the Natural Health Products Regulations, according to Consumer Health Products Canada, the association
representing Canada's evidence-based consumer health products industry.
"The results of the Health Canada survey are entirely consistent with
the findings of our own research, which shows that more than nine out
of ten Canadians expect Health Canada to ensure the safety and
effectiveness of all natural health products before they reach the
market," said CHP Canada spokesperson Gerry Harrington. "We share that
expectation and believe that full enforcement of the Regulations will
build consumer confidence in the long-term."
Health Canada has accomplished much since the Natural Health Products Regulations were introduced in 2004. Over 36,000 natural health products (NHPs) have
been licensed. Licensed products have been reviewed by Health Canada to
ensure that there is appropriate evidence to support their safety and
effectiveness and to ensure that they are manufactured to a high
standard of quality.
Unfortunately, due to strong opposition to the Natural Health Products Regulations from some sectors of the NHP industry, Health Canada has not yet
proceeded to full enforcement of the Regulations. This means that
unlicensed products continue to be sold alongside legal products in
many retail outlets. CHP Canada believes that the ongoing sale of
noncompliant products is undermining consumer confidence in all NHPs.
"We are calling on Health Canada to enforce the Regulations so that
Canadian consumers can be sure that the NHPs they buy are safe,
effective and of high quality," said Harrington.
Until such time as Health Canada enforces full compliance with the Natural Health Products Regulations in all retail outlets, Canadian consumers should know that the National
Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities has taken the position
that Canadian pharmacies should only sell products that comply with
Health Canada's regulations.
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.
iConfidence in natural health claims in decline: Survey, Sarah Schmidt, Postmedia News, http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Confidence+natural+health+claims+decline+survey/4603371/story.html
SOURCE Consumer Health Products Canada/CHP Canada
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