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Drugs and Health Products

Product Licensing

All natural health products (NHPs) sold in Canada require a product licence before being marketed. Obtaining a licence requires submitting to Health Canada detailed information on the product, including:

  • medicinal ingredients
  • source
  • potency
  • non-medicinal ingredients, and
  • recommended use.

Once a product licence application has been assessed and granted market authorization by Health Canada, the product label will bear an eight digit product licence number preceded by the distinct letters NPN (Natural Product Number), or, in the case of a homeopathic medicine, by the letters DIN-HM.

The product licence number on the label assures consumers that the product has been reviewed and approved by Health Canada for safety and efficacy.

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Natural Health Product Policies