Health Canada: Good Label and Package Practices Guide for Non-prescription Drugs and Natural Health Products

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By: Teri Dickinson, Regulatory Affairs Group Manager, email

Health Canada posted the Good Label and Package Practices Guide (GLPPG) for non-prescription drugs on June 30, 2016. The guide is intended to support the implementation of the Plain Language Labelling (PLL) Regulations, which came into effect on June 13, 2015. The PLL aims to improve the safe use of prescription and non-prescription drugs by making labels easier to read and understand. PLL regulations impose new obligations on sponsors of non-prescription drugs, including the requirement to include a Canadian Drug Facts Table (CDFT) on the outer labels of products.

All non-prescription drug products currently on the market must be in compliance with the CDFT requirement at the production level by June 30, 2019.  All non-prescription drug products must be in full compliance at the retail level by June 30, 2021.

Of note, this guide clearly states that is not applicable to hard surface disinfectants in terms of both scope and the CDFT.

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