POS Pilot Plant Receives Health Canada Site License for Manufacturing Natural Health Products

SASKATOON, July 7, 2006 – This week Saskatoon’s POS Pilot Plant received its site license for manufacturing natural health products for sale in Canada.

Obtaining a site license from Canada’s Natural Health Products Directorate is a requirement of the Natural Health Product Regulations. Licenses are granted based on a thorough review of items such as the facility’s premises, equipment, sanitation, personnel, training, hygiene, pest control procedures, transportation and storage practice, material and process controls, and recall systems including traceability and distribution records.

“This site license is a distinct advantage to our clients in the wellness industries,” says POS President & CEO Robert E. Morgan. “Our clients can process and sell their products in full compliance with the natural health product regulations without fear of having their products pulled from shelves due to non-compliance within the manufacturing facility.”

Saskatoon-based Bioriginal Food & Science Corporation is one of POS’s clients. Its health products are sold in six continents, including Canada. While Bioriginal has manufacturing facilities and a site license of its own, it uses POS for some services. “Conforming to these regulations is key in our line of business”, explains Bioriginal’s Manny Sabares, Director of Marketing. “ It assures our clients and their consumers that the products we produce are always of the highest quality.”

Doug Gill, U of S Managing Director at the Industry Liaison Office, Office of the Vice-President Research, sees POS’s new site license as an important advantage for researchers. “When innovative research results in a potential new product, there are many risks associated with its commercialization. Producing the product in a facility that conforms to regulatory requirements reduces those risks and helps pave the way for successful commercialization.”

But even though POS’s site license helps its clients navigate increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, clients must be aware that product licenses are still required, warns Debbie Miller, POS Manager of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs. “POS’s site license ensures that our facilities are compliant with Canada’s regulations for manufacturing purposes. Our clients are still responsible for obtaining their own product licenses.”

Canada’s Natural Health Product Regulations came into force in 2004. They define the specific regulatory requirements for the manufacture, packaging, labelling, storing, importing, distributing, and sale of natural health products in Canada. Their purpose is to ensure that all Canadians have access to natural health products that are safe, effective, and of good quality. www.hc-sc.gc.ca.

POS Pilot Plant is a contract research and development organization that specializes in process and product development, toll processing, and analytical services for the bioprocessing industries such as nutraceuticals, food & ingredients, cosmetics and skin care, pharmaceutical, industrial bioproducts, and agricultural biotechnology. Its 54,000 sq. ft. facility features 11 laboratories and 5 separate pilot plant processing areas. www.pos.ca

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