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Plain Language Labelling Regulations for Non-Prescription Drugs

Updating Canada’s PLL Regulations

By: Vicki Schofield, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, email

Beginning June 13, 2017, Plain Language Labelling Regulations came into effect for non-prescription drugs.  The intention of these Regulations were:

  • Simplifying and making the label text clearer for the consumer – Language is meant to be prominently displayed with labels and packages to be formatted and presented in a manner that does not prevent understanding of the information.
  • Reducing confusion of “Look alike – sound alike” products – Health Canada will look at other product names to be sure there are no similarities that may lead the consumer to mistaken one product, particularly when self-selecting, prescribing, transcribing, etc.
  • Ensuring consumers have a direct contact details for reporting adverse events – this is required on both inner and outer labels,

These new Regulations have made drafting submission labels more complex for the Manufacturer.  Mock-up labels now have to be included within the submission review period with details such as font size and type being reviewed.  The requirements are different for different drug product types. Many clients are turning to Dell Tech to help navigate the increasing complex regulations.   Contact Dell Tech today for assistance.


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