The NHPD Monthly Communiqué for February 2006 is available on-line at:
This month's communiqué includes information on:
Classification and regulation of gotukola -
Products contaning crude herb or part(s) of the herb are classified and regulated as Natural Health Products. Products containing gotkola extract or active principles thereof will continue to be classified and regulated as prescription drugs.
Determining proper and common names for homeopathic medicines -
This information must be referred to when completing the fields of the Product License Application form.
Classification of ingredients found in Category IV Monographs and Labelling Standards -
a list of these ingredients is posted at: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodnatur/applications/licen-prod/monograph/list_mono4_e.html
Conversion factors for vitamins A and E and examples of how to use them
Health Canada's compliance approach post January 1, 2006 -
Prior to January 1, 2006, compliance efforts had focused on products, specifically those that presented a significant risk or had not been issued a submission number prior to their product category priority date. As of Jan uary 1st, 2006, with the site licensing provisions of the Regulations in effect, compliance actions now include a focus on sites. "Individuals and businesses without a valid site licence will be subject to compliance action by the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate."