Health Canada NHP Ingredient
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Ingredient NPN

A Natural Product Number associated with a single medicinal ingredient and with health claims.

NHP Master File (NHP-MF)

A dossier that contains safety, efficacy, quality, including manufacturing processes and kept confidential with Health Canada and customer seeking access to the file.

Food Additive Submission

An ingredient that serves the purpose to support the food and don’t typically contribute to the nutritional value of the food.

Novel Food Submission

A new food that has nutritional value introduced into the Canadian marketplace.

NHP Ingredient Database Services Includes:

NPN

NHP Master File (NHP-MF)

Food Additive Submission

Novel Food Submission

FAQ - Natural Health Product Ingredients Database

NPN stands for Natural Product Number and is issued for natural health product (dietary supplement) finished products or single ingredients.

The value of an ingredient NPN is that there are approved health claims associated with the NPN.  This NPN can be shared to the ingredient buyer so they can reference your NPN and associated health claims (with your permission) on their own NHP Licence to sell their finished product in Canada.  This could help the assessment officer to review their application more expeditiously.  This adds value and could provide a competitive advantage compared to other similar ingredients.

Depending on the NHP class Health Canada can issue an NPN in as little as 60 days to as long as 210 days.

You can prepare a letter of authorization with the NPN license number so they can reference this on their product licence application.

NPN licence is publically listed on the Health Canada website and its details ie. Medicinal ingredient quantity and respective approved health claims.  A NHP Mater file would be kept confidential with Health Canada and, when an ingredient supplier references the NHP-MF on their product licence Health Canada will review the master file and any questions from the file will be directed both to the product licence applicant and to the master file holder. The ingredient buyer will not be able to see the contents of the master file.

NPNs are used for natural health products and for the purpose of raw material suppliers, the ingredient for the intended use in NHPs/Dietary Supplements in Canada.  A novel food submission is to be used in foods with no health claims, just safety subststantiation.  You cannot use an NPN to support a novel food that would be used in a food format and used for food consumption.

The performance standard is 410 days which Health Canada has historically met 90 percent of the time.  This does not include pre-submission consultation and meetings that may be arranged.

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