Regulation of Self-Care Products

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Health Canada Releases Consultation for Regulation of Self-Care Products

By: Teri Jenner, Manager, Regulatory Affairs Group, email

Cosmetics, over-the-counter drugs and natural health products, are known as Self-Care Products and they are often grouped together when being sold in stores based on their indicated use and their label claims.  When these products are grouped together in stores, consumers often believe that they are equally effective and that they have followed the same rules to get into the marketplace, although this is not always the case.  Health Canada has proposed a new approach to regulating Self-Care Products which should enable consumers to make more informed decisions.

Under the new proposal, products with comparable risk profiles are treated in a similar manner.  This should ensure that the rules for bringing products to market are more consistent and easier to understand.  The proposed regulation would provide a registration number to products reviewed and approved by Health Canada. Low risk products not reviewed by Health Canada may require a disclaimer on the label indicating a full review was not completed.

For further information on the consultation, see the Regulation of Self-Care Products in Canada.  Comments are being accepted until October 24, 2016.

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