The report, Natural Health Products: A New Vision, led to the Office of Natural Health Products
, now called the Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD), and the implementation of the Standing Committee's 53 recommendations.
Responding to the increasing popularity UI natural health products in Canada, the health minister created an Office of Natural Health Products to develop a national strategy for the Canadian nutraceutical and natural health products industry.
The new Office of Natural Health Products, which is expected to be operational shortly, will be responsible for developing a definition of a natural health product and for setting manufacturing standards, safety assessment procedures, and labeling requirements affecting domestic and imported products.
In accordance with the report, Rock also announced the creation of a new Office of Natural Health Products (ONHP), which he said will provide consumers with the assurance of safety while enhancing consumer access and choice to a full range of natural health products.
The new Office of Natural Health Products will be responsible for all regulatory functions within the life-cycle of natural health products, including but not limited to: pre-market assessment for product licensing, licensing of establishments, post-approval monitoring and compliance, and implementation of the Standing Committee's recommendations.
The Canadian Health Foods Association (CHFA), which represents retailers, manufacturers and distributors in the health food industry, says the new Office of Natural Health Products offers a significant opportunity for consumer groups, practitioners and the industry to help shape how natural health products will be regulated in the future.
OTTAWA -- By the end of the year Health Canada, the department of the federal government overseeing health issues, is expected to open an Office of Natural Health Products
, Minister of Health Allan Rock said recently.