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Health Products Directorate (NHPD) came into effect January 1,
2004 as the division of the Health Products and Food Branch
Canada. It is
responsible for implementation of the Natural Health Product
Regulations, which include homeopathic products.
In July 2014, the Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) changed its
name to the Natural
and Non- prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD). This is based
on the recent expansion of the Directorate’s mandate
to include oversight of non-prescription and disinfectant drugs in
addition to natural health products (NHPs).
IMPORTING HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES
As a recognized stakeholder, CSH consults with and monitors developments
from NHPD that have the potential of affecting the interests of our
members and the broader homeopathic profession. In 2006, our
representatives were active in amending policies
that impacted the access of imported homeopathic medicines by
professional homeopaths. As a result, new policy guidelines
permitted professional homeopaths to import most homeopathic
medicines as long as they are clearly identified for
"compounding" use only. This new interpretation covers
both liquid medicating potencies and dry medicated pellets for
use by homeopaths in their practice.
Compounding of a homeopathic medicine refers to the selection and/or
preparation of a remedy for a specific individual. For details of the
NHPD policy decisions affecting the importation of homeopathic medicines,
please refer to
Policy and Raw
Material Policy on their website.
NHPD regulations do not permit professional homeopaths to import
home-use remedy kits, however. Because these kits contain directions for
use, Health Canada views these as retail products for resale purposes, which require
a special site licence.
Some homeopathic orders containing liquid medicating potencies have been
seized and destroyed by Canada Post, which has restrictions on handling
items with high-level alcohol content. To avoid similar problems
when importing liquid homeopathic medicines, arrange for shipping by
courier, rather than the regular postal service. Dry remedies,
however, will not be affected by the Canada Post restrictions.
ADVICE TO OUR PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS
When importing homeopathic remedies for
professional use, CSH Registered and Associate members are advised to
specifically instruct foreign pharmacies to adhere to the following
Each medicine should be labeled only with
the remedy name and potency. Imported
remedies with any kind of instructions or claim of
effectiveness will be returned to sender.
The package should be addressed to the
homeopath by name, including professional credentials.
The package should carry a label clearly
identifying that the contents are “For compounding purposes only by
a homeopathic practitioner”.
If the order contains any liquid product containing alcohol, the
supplier must use international couriers rather than their
usual mail service. Although Canada Post is required to destroy
liquid potency remedies as "hazardous materials", there are
no such regulations for couriers.
Should difficulties arise with the importation of homeopathic
products, our professional members are advised to send details about
the contents, entry point, and date of seizure to our office
or 604-803-9242. Our Advocacy team will offer guidance for future orders
and, when appropriate, will investigate your situation with NHPD, while
maintaining your anonymity.
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