New! Amendments to the Natural Health Products (NHPs) Regulations – New labelling requirements for NHPs

Amendments to the Natural Health Products Regulations will implement new labelling requirements for natural health products (“NHPs”)

Health Canada’s stated goal with the new requirements is to make it easier for consumers and healthcare professionals to locate, read, and compare important safety information about NHPs..

The new labelling requirements will come into force three years after registration of the Regulations Amending the Natural Health Products Regulations (SOR/2022-146 June 21, 2022), but NHPs that are licensed prior to that date will have an additional three-year transition period within which to meet the new labelling requirements (for a total of six years before the new labelling requirements must be met for currently licensed products).

Summary of the new requirements

The amendments will implement the following four key labelling requirements:

  1. Product Facts Table

Certain important product information will need to be contained within a table in a standardized format, including:

  • medicinal and non-medicinal ingredients,
  • uses,
  • warnings,
  • directions for use,
  • storage conditions, and
  • contact information for questions.

If the NHP label is too small to accommodate the table in standard format, certain variances to the contents of the table will be permitted (e.g., display of non-medicinal ingredients elsewhere on the label or on a leaflet, package insert, or website).

An NHP will be exempt from the requirement to display a product facts table if it meets certain risk-based criteria, including:

  • having an available surface area of 90 cm2 or less for the label,
  • being intended for use within one day or less,
  • containing three or fewer dosages per package,
  • or having only a localized effect and applied on the skin or in the mouth (e.g., throat lozenges, fluoride toothpastes, and topical aromatherapy products).

The requirement for a product facts table on NHPs aligns with existing similar requirements applicable to non-prescription drugs.

  1. Allergen Labelling

NHPs that list food allergens, gluten, added sulphites and/or aspartame on their labels as ingredients will be required to include a source statement in bold (e.g., “Allergens: Milk”) in the “Warnings” section of the product facts table (or elsewhere on the label if the NHP is exempt from the product facts table requirement). This new requirement for NHPs aligns with similar existing requirements for allergen source labelling of foods.

  1. Legibility

To improve the legibility of prescribed text, most statements, information, or declarations that are required by the regulations to be shown on NHP labels must be in a type size of at least 6 points (or 5.5 points, if condensed). Such text must be a single colour, visually equivalent to 100% solid black (i.e., dark blue, green, brown, or purple) and be contrasted with a white or uniform neutral background with maximum 5% colour tint.

There are exceptions to these requirements for NHPs with small labels (surface area of 90 cm2 or less) and those intended for use within a day or less or containing three or fewer dosages per package. In addition, lot numbers, product numbers, brand names, and advertising claims are not subject to these new requirements.

  1. Contact Information

The amendments modernize the contact information that must be provided by the NHP manufacturer or importer by permitting display of an e-mail address, telephone number, or web address within the product facts table (or elsewhere on the label if the NHP is exempt from the product facts table requirement), instead of a postal address.

In addition to the new labelling requirements described above, the amendments to the Natural Health Products Regulations remove security packaging requirements for certain NHPs, such as sunscreens and other topical products, with immediate effect.


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New! Amendments to Nutrition Facts Table & Food Labelling Regulations December 14, 2022

CFIA Enforcement of Nutrition Facts Table & Food Labelling

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for protecting Canadians’ health and safety by ensuring that food that reaches customers is safe, nutritious, and correctly labeled. The CFIA enforces federal food safety and labeling laws, such as the Food and Drugs Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act.

How does the CFIA Enforces the Regulations?

The Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations have rules about how food labels should look. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) makes sure these rules are followed. The CFIA verifies that the industry complies with the regulations through various activities, such as inspections, audits, and investigations.

If the CFIA finds that a company is not in compliance with the food labeling regulations, it may take enforcement action. Enforcement actions can range from issuing a warning to ordering a recall of the products in question. The CFIA also has the authority to issue fines and prosecute companies that do not comply with the law.

Nutrition Facts Table and CFIA Changes

The Nutrition Facts table is one of the most important parts of a food label, as it provides information on the nutrient content of a food. The CFIA requires that all packaged foods sold in Canada include a Nutrition Facts table on their label.

As of December 14, 2022, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency started enforcing the new requirements for food labelling.

Changes to the Nutrition Facts Table:

  • The font for the serving size and the number of calories is larger in order to better stand out to consumers. The number of calories also has a bolded line underneath it.
  • There is a new percent daily value for total sugars. Originally, the amount of sugar was only listed in grams. The updated table now shows the percent daily value as well as the grams.
  • The percent daily values are now based on updated science.
  • There is a revised list of minerals and vitamins. When the original Nutrition Facts table came out, Canadians weren’t getting enough vitamin A or C in their diets. But based on new research, Canadians are now more deficient in potassium. Calcium and iron are still present in both versions of the table. The updated table now showcases the minerals and vitamins in milligram amounts as well as their percent daily value.
  • There is a new percent daily value footnote at the bottom of the table. It states that, ‘5% or less is a little, 15% or more is a lot.’

How Alphagreen Resources Inc. can help you TODAY!

Alphagreen Resources Inc.  can help with:

Formula review, 

Product labeling, and nutrition facts creation.

Registering supplemented foods with TMALs (Temporary Market Authorization License)

Help with Safe Foods for Canadians Regulations (HACCP)

Facility Registration.

New! – Ammedments to Supplimented Food Regulations July 21, 2022

TMAL and Supplemented Food Standards

Health Canada defines supplemented foods generally as “prepackaged foods with added vitamins, minerals, amino acids and/or other ingredients such as caffeine.” Examples of supplemented foods include beverages with added minerals, caffeinated energy drinks, and snack bars with added vitamins.A

Traditional foods (meet, eggs, milk, etc.) must have a compliant label, and a supplemented food must also be approved through a review process called a TMAL or Temporary Market Authorization Letter.

Recently, the federal government introduced a Regulatory framework for supplemented foods via amendments (the “Amendments”) to the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) (the “Regulations”). The framework establishes maximum amounts per serving for supplemental ingredients, prescribes cautionary statements and caution identifiers to be placed on the labels of supplemented foods, and requires display of a Supplemented Food Facts Table.

The Amendments came into force on July 21, 2022. Supplemented foods that are already marketed under a TMA, or for which a TMA application was submitted before July 21, 2022, must comply with the new framework by January 1, 2026.

However, new supplemented foods must comply immediately.

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How to Sell Natural Health Products on Amazon or Other Online Platforms in Canada

What is an NHP?

Under the Natural Health Products Regulations, which came into effect on January 1, 2004, natural health products (NHPs) are defined as:

  • Probiotics
  • Herbal remedies
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Homeopathic medicines
  • Traditional medicines such as traditional Chinese medicines
  • Other products like amino acids and essential fatty acids

NHPs are regulated by Health Canada and must meet specific safety, efficacy and quality standards before they can be sold in Canada.

Prior to selling the product, the company must submit NHP applications for Health Canada to review and assess its safety, efficacy, and quality. Once it has been approved, Health Canada will authorize the product license and give permission for the company to sell the NHPs in Canada. This product license comes with an eight-digit Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM), and this number is required to be present on the front panel of the NHP product label.

All NHPs must have a bilingual NHP label that is compliant with the NHP Regulations.

Amazon Requirements

To sell on Amazon Canada, the product must have a bilingual NHP label and packaging and an NPN number, which means it must be licensed and have received market authorization from Health Canada. The listing and description of the product must be accurate and not have misleading claims and marketing information.

Alphagreenresources Inc.  offers regulatory services on submitting Product Licence Applications for your NHPs, preparing French translations and reviewing your NHP labels. Our experts are here to help and offer any NHP-related regulatory advice!

Understanding Therapeutic & Non-Therapeutic Claims

What is a claim?

A claim is a representation for sale. It can be presented as “a word, a sentence, a picture, a symbol, a paragraph or an implication on product labels, package inserts or advertisements, including company websites”.  It explains what the product is for and what it does. There are two types of claims: Therapeutic Claim and Non-Therapeutic Claim. Depending on the claims, your product can be classified as a cosmeticNHP, or drug.

Therapeutic/Health Claims

A health claim is a statement that indicates the intended beneficial effect of a product when used in accordance with its recommended conditions of use. The term “recommended use or purpose” is often used interchangeably with “health claim” or “indications for use.”

These are claims that must be reviewed by the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) prior to receiving its market authorization such as Natural Product Number (NPN) or Drug Identification Number (DIN). 

Examples are: “Weight/Fat loss”, “Hepatoprotectant”, “Helps with immune function” “Supports normal blood glucose levels.”, “Prevent Vitamin/Mineral deficiency.” “Antiviral”, “Antibacterial action”, “Antiseptic (Cleanser)/Disinfectant/Sanitizer”, “Fungicide”.

Non-Therapeutic Claims

These are claims that are made on product labels and its advertisements. Though they must be true and accurate, they do not require review and authorization from Health Canada prior to use.

 Examples are: “New and improved formulation”, “Softens skin”, “Moisturizes aging skin”, “Covers up /Hides age spots. “, “Feel younger”, “Look younger”.