New labeling requirements for non-prescription drugs and natural health products

Health Canada released on June 30, 2016 a new guidance document for the industry entitled “Good Label and Package Practices Guide for Non-prescription Drugs and Natural Health Products”. The purpose of this guidance is to improve the safe use of non-prescription drugs and natural health products (NHPs) by making it easier for Canadians to read, understand and use.

The main change is the implementation of a Canadian Drug Facts Table (CDFT) on the outer labels of non-prescription drugs products.

These new labelling requirements will be phased in to the Canadian marketplace starting June 2017 and non-prescription drug products must be in full compliance at the retail level by June 2021.

Although the CDFT is not required for NHPs, the guide strongly recommends to present a “Products Facts Table” for NHPs as this new format will eventually be applied.

Contact us for more information about these new regulations and for any help needed to comply with their requirements.