Selling Veterinary Health Products in Canada
Vitamins, minerals, traditional medicines and homeopathic for companion (pets) and food-producing animals are among the Veterinary Health Products (VHPs) in demand in Canada.
Beginning November 13, 2017, VHPs must be notified to Health Canada:
Minimum 30 days prior to selling a VHP in Canada
Minimum 30 days prior to making changes to a VHP
Before importing a VHP into Canada
Obtaining a Notification Number (NN)
The Veterinary Health Product
Notification Program of Health Canada has set a flexible and risk-appropriate regulatory framework for VHPs that have a history of safe use. According to the program, to obtain a Notification Number,
VHP Notification fee
- A VHP application needs to be submitted to Health Canada.
- All ingredients (active, or inactive) must be present in the Permitted Substances List (PSL).
- If some ingredients are not included in the PSL, they must be added to the database prior to VHP application submission.
The fee for a VHP Notification [subject to the annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase, which is announced each fall] is $ 503 as of April 1, 2022 and $538 as of April 1, 2023.
There is no required annual renewal for VHP notification.