MONTREAL, Feb. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Health Food Association
(CHFA) congratulates Health Canada for achieving the Natural Health
Products Unprocessed Product Licence Applications Regulations
(NHP-UPLAR) deadline of February, giving Canadians access to more than
60,000 authorized natural health products.
In an announcement made this morning at CHFA's bi-annual trade show CHFA
Quebec, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and
Member of Parliament for Oshawa, Dr. Colin Carrie, announced the
completion of the backlog which will allow for industry innovation and
growth while, at the same time, assuring consumer safety. "We
appreciate the Government of Canada's efforts to reduce red tape while
at the same time ensuring Canadians access to the safe, effective and
high quality natural health products was not comprised," said Helen
Sherrard, President of CHFA.
"We know that 70% of Canadians use natural health products on a regular
basis to maintain or improve their health and applaud the Government of
Canada for clearing the backlog and continuing to create a streamlined
approach which provides a stable, predictable regulatory environment,"
With the completion of NHP-UPLAR no new Exemption Numbers (ENs) will be
issued and Health Canada will be transitioning toward the requirement
that all natural health products sold in Canada have a natural health
products number (NPN,) or Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the
Canadians can identify natural health products that have been licensed
by searching the Licensed Natural Health Products Database.
"Safety will continue to be the top priority and as the evidence
required to demonstrate safety remains the same, CHFA and our members
will continue to work with the government through the 18 month
transition period," said Sherrard.
The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) is Canada's largest national
trade association dedicated to the natural health and organic products
industries. Representing manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers,
distributors, and importers of natural health products, the Canadian
Health Food Association has 1,000 members who contribute three billion
dollars to the Canadian economy annually. For more information on
CHFA and the natural health products industry visit www.chfa.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Health Food Association
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