New Ingredient Submissions for the Natural Health Product Ingredient Database (NHPID)

Our experts can help prepare and submit a new ingredient database request to have your ingredients added to the NHPID. Accurate data in the NHPID will help ensure a smooth licensing process.

NHPID Overview

Natural Health Products Ingredient Database (NHPID) contains tens of thousands of entries of ingredients that serve either a medicinal or non-medicinal function. All medicinal and non-medicinal ingredients must be in the Natural Health Products Ingredient Database (NHPID) for a successful product license application.

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Classification Procedure for Medicinal and Non-medicinal Ingredients

Staying aware of the new classification procedure for Medical and Non-medical Ingredients is essential.

  • Before Product License Application (PLA) submission, make sure the ingredients contained in the product are natural health substances as per Schedules 1 and 2 of the NHP Regulations.
  • Be careful that all medicinal and non-medicinal ingredients in the product are listed as such within the NHPID.
  • Remember, NHPID also has some non-NHP ingredients on the list and these ingredients are acutely shown as not acceptable.
  • An entry in the NHPID does not mean that the ingredient has been reviewed for efficacy or safety.

What if the ingredients in my product are not listed in the NHPID?

If the NHPID does not contain some/any of the ingredients in your product:

  • You will be solely liable to submit a request to the NNHPD to add these ingredients to the NHPID before the product license application is filed.
  • The product license application can only be filed after the ingredients are considered admissible and are successfully added to the NHPID.

We will help explain the process and requirements to request additions/changes to the NHPID.

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How We Can Serve Your NHPID Needs

Our NHP experts will assist you in preparing new ingredient database requests for the NHPID if:

  • One or more of your ingredients is not in the NHPID.
  • One or more non-medicinal ingredients is in the NHPID, but not under a function listed for use in your product.
  • One or more of your medicinal ingredients is a constituent of another medicinal ingredient (e.g. caffeine is a constituent of green tea in the NHPID).

Note that the processing time, once the new ingredient request is submitted, can take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks for Health Canada to process and make the change to the NHPID.

Frequently Asked Questions - NHPID

If the NHPID does not contain some/any of the ingredients in your product:

  • You will be solely liable to submit a request to the NNHPD to add these ingredients to the NHPID before the product license application is filed.
  • The product license application can only be filed after the ingredients are considered admissible and are successfully added to the NHPID.

We will help explain the process and requirements to request additions/changes to the NHPID.

The Natural Health Products Ingredient Database (NHPID) contains tens of thousands of entries of ingredients that serve either a medicinal or non-medicinal function. All medicinal and non-medicinal ingredients must be in the Natural Health Products Ingredient Database (NHPID) for a successful product license application.

Staying aware of the new classification procedure for Medical and Non-medical Ingredients is essential.

  • Before Product License Application (PLA) submission, make sure the ingredients contained in the product are natural health substances as per Schedules 1 and 2 of the NHP Regulations.
  • Be careful that all medicinal and non-medicinal ingredients in the product are listed as such within the NHPID.
  • Remember, NHPID also has some non-NHP ingredients on the list and these ingredients are acutely shown as not acceptable.
  • An entry in the NHPID does not mean that the ingredient has been reviewed for efficacy or safety.

A non-medical ingredient is any substance that is added to a NHP formulation that does not perform a therapeutic function and makes the final product more suitable or consistent.

A medicinal ingredient is an active ingredient that has a therapeutic function, such as :

(a) the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of a disease, disorder or abnormal physical state or its symptoms in humans;

(b) restoring or correcting organic functions in humans; or

(c) modifying organic functions in humans, such as modifying those functions in a manner that maintains or promotes health

The Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate’s licensing system allows applicants to reference the Compendium of Monographs to speed up the evaluation of medicinal ingredients.  A monograph is a written description that details certain elements on an identified topic.  There are different single ingredient and product monographs. 

New Ingredient Submission

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