How to Sell Dietary Supplements or NHPs on Amazon or Other Online Platforms in Canada?
What is an NHP?
In Canada, a Natural Health Product (NHP) is regulated by Health Canada under the Natural Health Products Regulations. Under the regulations, it is defined as products containing naturally occurring substances including probiotics, herbal remedies, vitamins and minerals, homeopathic medicines, traditional medicines (e.g. Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines), and other substances (e.g. amino acids and essential fatty acids). These products are used to treat or prevent an illness, reduce health risk, and maintain general good health. In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refers this type of product as a Dietary Supplement.
Natural Health Products Ingredients Database
Natural Health Products Ingredients Database (NHPID) is a database that Health Canada built to store pre-cleared information approved by the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD). The NHPID provides details to the approved medicinal ingredients, non-medicinal ingredients, non-NHP ingredients, and NNHPD single ingredient and product monographs which contain dose information, recommended purpose and risk information. The NHPID also includes a search engine and allows you to navigate the database with ingredient terminology such as NHPID name, common/proper name, and chemical abstracts service (CAS) numbers. The NHPID can be updated by submitting Issue Form requests and this is a service offered by QSS.
Natural Product Number
All NHPs must have a product license and the Canadian site must have a site license to conduct activities including manufacturing, packaging, labeling, and/or importing 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. This is to ensure the NHP is labelled and packaged according to regulations to help consumers make more informed choices about the NHP they take. There is a list of specific requirements and information that must appear on the NHP labels, both inner and outer, and the information is based on the product license you received from Health Canada, including dosage form, recommended purpose, risk information, medicinal ingredients, non-medicinal ingredients, and product license holder information.
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 also be truthful and accurate and not have misleading claims and marketing information.
QSS offers regulatory services on submitting Issue Form, submitting 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!
How We Can Help
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