The federal government controls the manufacture and distribution of homeopathic medicines through legislation and regulations under the authority of the Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD). As a recognized stakeholder, the Canadian Society of Homeopaths has participated in numerous consultations pertaining to government legislation and NHPD regulations. We remain vigilant in protecting the availability of homeopathic medicines for consumers and professionals alike.
CSH representatives will also intercede on behalf of our members when difficulties arise with importation of homeopathic medicines for professional purposes. MORE
RECENT FEDERAL DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING HOMEOPATHY
December 6, 2011:
Healthy Canadians - A Federal Report on Comparable Health Indicators 2010
Health Canada releases a 220-page report intended to provide the “most current national information available on the health status of Canadians and the performance of our health care system … in order to follow trends and progress toward improving the health of Canadians.” Notably missing from the report are all Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) modalities -- including homeopathy -- which play an increasingly important role in the health care of many Canadians.
The report includes a short survey for assessing current indicators and suggesting additional ones. If you wish to help the government improve the quality and scope of future reports, CLICK HERE.
December 30, 2009:
Bill C-6 Dies - For Now
The Governor General grants request by the federal government to prorogue (suspend) Parliament until March 3, 2010, which ends the progress of Bill C-6. An e-mail from the government confirms that it will reintroduce, in original form, the consumer safety bill (C-6) that the Tories claim was "gutted" by amendments approved in the Senate.
January 29, 2009:
The federal Minister of Health introduces Bill C-6, "an Act respecting the safety of consumer products", which contains similar language to former Bills C-51 and C-52. This new legislation specifically excludes natural health products and, as a result, the CSH Political Action committee will take no direct action at this time, although we will continue to closely monitor the bill's progress. To read more about the implications of C-6 regarding personal liberties issues, see Natural Health Products Protection Association.
December 4, 2008:
Bill C-51 Dies
Controversial Bill C-51 and other pending legislation are suspended as the government prorogues Parliament.
June 11, 2008:
Health Canada Stakeholders' Meeting
CSH representatives attended a packed meeting with representatives of other natural health organizations and businesses to express concerns about Bill C-51 directly to leaders of Health Canada.
June 6, 2008:
View Magazine (Hamilton, ON): Ottawa's Bitter Pill
An interview with CSH President, Jo Twiss, is featured in this article that summarizes wide-spread opposition to the C-51 legislation.
June 2, 2008:
CSH Members Attend Public Forum on Bill C-51
CSH members listened to and spoke with constitutional expert, Shawn Buckley, to learn more about the potential effect of Bill C-51 on the availability of Natural Health Products. Details reported in the current issue of Georgia Straight.
May 10, 2008:
Vancouver Protest Rally
Several CSH members in Vancouver joined the protest against the federal government's proposed Bill C-51 legislation. The event and issues surrounding the Bill were published in the Vancouver Sun.
May 8, 2008:
Introducing Bill C-51
Federal Minister of Health introduces Bill C-51 to amend the Food and Drugs Act. Although the Bill does not appear to have any immediate effect on homeopathic medicines, it does contain disturbing changes that have the potential of negatively impacting the long-term access to all natural health products, including homeopathic products.
UPDATED JUNE 15, 2008: The CSH Board opposes Bill C-51 and urges our members and other homeopathic supporters to join in opposing this legislation through a CSH-directed letter-writing campaign and an online Stop Bill C-51 petition.
April 2, 2007:
NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS REGULATORY REVIEW
The Natural Health Products Directorate has announced a Natural Health Products Regulatory Review, a public review of its regulations and policies to date. Entitled Charting a Course: Refining Canada's Approach to Regulating Natural Health Products, this Review is accompanied by a document intended to provide sufficient background and information to understand the context of proposed components of the review, and is meant to support the initial stages of discussion.
Health Canada has posted an on-line questionnaire on their website that is intended to obtain the public's opinions on refining Canada's approach to regulating Natural Health Products, which includes homeopathic medicines. All homeopaths and students are encouraged to participate.
Access to the NHP questionnaire will be available only from April 1 to May 30, 2007. Please schedule approximately one hour to complete.
October 10, 2006:
CSH is pleased to announce that we have been informed of a significant change by NHPD in policy interpretation pertaining to homeopathic medicines that will positively affect the importation of many of these medicines. MORE