What are NHPs in Canada:

In Canada, when we talk about Natural Health Products (NHPs), we’re referring to a broad spectrum of health aids ranging from herbal remedies to vitamins. But what exactly falls under the category of NHPs?

NHPs are defined as:

  1. Probiotics
  2. Herbal Remedies
  3. Vitamins and Minerals
  4. Homeopathic Medicines
  5. Traditional Medicines like those from traditional Chinese medicinal practices
  6. Other Products such as amino acids and essential fatty acids

These products are regulated under the Natural Health Products Regulations, which has been in effect since January 1, 2004. Before NHPs, made-in or imported into Canada, can be sold in the Canadian market they must have an 8-digit Natural Product Number (NPN) (ex. NPN8xxxxxxx) displayed on the label. This NPN identifies that the product has had an NHP Product License applied for and approved by the regulating authority, the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD).

What is a NHP Site License:

A NHP Site License is a crucial requirement for Canadian companies involved in various aspects of the natural health product industry. Whether it’s manufacturing, packaging, labeling, or importing these products for sale, a valid site license issued by the Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) is a must. It’s worth noting that these licenses are applicable only for activities within Canada.

So, what can a company like Rootree do with its site license?

Rootree’s site license grants it the authorization to package and label NHPs within Canada. This means that the company can package, and label various NHPs in different forms such as tablets, capsules, powders, liquids, and creams, both for oral and topical uses. The license also allows Rootree to apply NHP labels that comply with Canadian regulations to products imported from other countries.

But what does the NHP Site License mean for Rootree?

It serves as an indicator to Rootree’s compliance with NNHPD’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirements. This ensures that the products manufactured and distributed by Rootree meet the stringent standards set by regulatory authorities. Additionally, it shows Rootree’s commitment to providing safe and high-quality NHP facilities to its Canadian customers.

Having a site license creates opportunities for Rootree to collaborate as a Contract Packing provider for a diverse range of NHPs. This includes partnering with other companies to package and label their products, thereby expanding Rootree’s reach and contribution to the natural health product industry in Canada.

If you plan to work with a company and you are working with a product that falls into the category of NHPs, check with your service providers to ensure that they have an NHP Site License. The NHP Site License is not just a legal requirement; it’s a badge of honor for companies like Rootree that prioritize quality, safety, and compliance in the production and distribution of natural health products. It’s a symbol of trust for consumers and a gateway to growth and collaboration within the industry.