Statement to Media - Natural Health Product Sector Responds to Canadian Medical Association Editorial

Polling Data Shows Solid Public Support for Updated Regulations

OTTAWA, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) today responded to an article released by the Canadian Medical Association in which it was argued that natural health products (NHPs) should continue to be defined and regulated as a subset of drugs despite their much lower risk profile.

"There is a lot of common ground between the NHP sector and the medical community," said Helen Sherrard, President of CHFA. "We all support consumer protection, product choice and efficient regulation of all health products in Canada. CHFA's position has been that NHPs should not be regulated as drugs due to their very low risk profile compared to pharmaceuticals."

In 1998 the House of Commons Standing Committee on health recommended that NHPs be defined separately in the Food and Drugs Act (FDA), though they continue to this day to be defined as a subset of drugs. The health minister at the time accepted the recommendation, and CHFA has been advocating for a separate definition for NHPs for the past 13 years.

Recent public opinion data is firmly behind this position. CHFA will tomorrow release a national survey that demonstrates this. This data can be made available earlier upon request at the contact information below.


Helen Sherrard, President, Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA)

SOURCE Canadian Health Food Association

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