Natural Health Products Directorate Advises Not to Label Products as 'NPN Pending'

Canada's Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) has issued a bulletin advising companies with products awaiting evaluation for product licenses not to label products these products with language describing the status as 'NPN Pending'. Companies with products already labelled in this mannner, the Directorate advises should not include htis statmeent in future shipments.

The directorate notes that while this circumstance is not specifically covered in the regulations, the statement is a violation of Part 1, Section 9 of the Food and Drugs Act which prohibits individuals and companies from "labelling, packaging, treating, processing, selling or advertising any drug or natural health product in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character, value, quantity, composition, merit or safety."

The directorate goes on to note that the label NPN Pending implies that the product will eventually receive an NPN license, a fate which is far from certain and therefore misleading.

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