Health Canada is proposing changes that could:

• Cause many of the supplements that you use to disappear forever.

• Increase the cost of the products that are left.

• Reduce the amount of information available to you about the natural health products you rely on.

Help us stop this by sending a message to your Member of Parliament, letting him or her know this is not OK. You can do this in just three easy steps — it takes less than a minute.

What’s the problem?

Canada is a global leader in the regulation of natural health products (supplements). Our current regulations take into account the unique properties and low-risk nature of these products, ensuring you have access to supplements that are safe, effective and high-quality, while respecting your freedom of choice, and the philosophical and cultural diversity of our country.

Health Canada is proposing changes that could significantly alter the way NHPs are regulated based only on six weeks of consultation. Why try to fix a system that isn’t broken? This proposal will be a step backward instead of forward.

This consultation Consulting Canadians on the Regulation of Self-Care Products in Canada is ending next Monday, October 24, and Health Canada needs to hear from you!

You can participate in two ways:

  1. You can complete the online consultation available here.
  2. You can draft a letter and send it directly to Health Canada or mail it to the address listed below:

Health Canada
Health Products and Food Branch
Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate
250 Lanark Avenue, A.L. 2003C
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9
Attention: Consultations

CHFA is encouraging ALL Canadians to take the time and respond to this consultation to ensure you continue to have access to safe and effective natural health products. Take action now before it’s too late!

Did you know?

When you walk into your local health food store, you can find all kinds of safe, effective and high-quality supplements, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, herbal products and traditional medicines. All these products make up the category of natural health products (NHPs) that you and 77 per cent of Canadians use for the maintenance of good health.

Whatever NHPs you choose, it is important to know that Canada is a global leader in the regulation of these products. The Canadian approach to regulation is often referred to as a “pre-approval” system, which means that all NHPs must be licensed by Health Canada before they are allowed to be legally sold to Canadians. This means you can be confident that the products you buy are going to be safe and effective.

We need your help!

Take the time to respond to the consultation and/or use this tool to send a message directly to your Member of Parliament, letting them know these proposed changes are unacceptable.

Want to find out more?

Click here to find out more about these proposed changes and how they will impact you.

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions (F.A.Q.s) about Health Canada’s proposal.

Click here to read our latest blog detailing these recent developments.

Click here to learn more about the existing NHP Regulations.