The Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) has changed its name to the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) subsequent to its recently expanded mandate to include the oversight of non-prescription and disinfectant drugs in addition to natural health products (NHPs). Please note that we are currently modifying documents to reflect this change.
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The Natural Health Products Regulations require individuals to obtain a product licence before they can sell a natural health product in Canada. To obtain a product licence, individuals must submit a product licence application to the Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD). The application must include sufficient data to allow the NHPD to assess the safety, quality and efficacy of the natural health product when used under its recommended conditions of use.
To obtain more details on what constitutes a "complete" product licence application, consult the table titled "Information Requirements for Product Licensing".
Please use the PDF versions to fill the forms out and save it to your computer - the HTML format should only be used for viewing the forms. The Natural Health Products Directorate no longer accepts hand-written applications.
The Electronic Product License Application (ePLA) is the primary form which is intended for use with Non-Traditional, Homeopathic, Traditional and Compendial applications.
The Natural Health Product Directorate strongly encourages applicants to submit applications and replies to deficiency/information requests by courrier service (when the response is too large to fax) because of its greater reliability. Please note that we do not accept the submission of applications by fax or non-PosteCS email.
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Please note that it is the intent of NHPD that the ePLA will be the only form accepted in the future. NHPD cannot commit to the performance targets outlined in the Management of Product Licence Applications for Natural Health Products Guidance Document for applications received in any other format and applicants should expect a substantial increase in processing time. Applicants should only consider the form below when applying for a Labelling Standard licence not compatible with the ePLA (e.g. organotherapy labelling standards) or for a product containing a proprietary ingredient.