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A new notification program for veterinary health products (VHPs) came into effect on November 13, 2017.1
Companies that sell/import or intend to sell/import VHPs should sign up for an account on the new VHP notification program website. All notifications, requests, or reports are submitted online. Foreign manufacturers/distributors of VHPs will need a Canadian representative responsible for the product in Canada. Companies already marketing VHPs need to provide notification of the products to Health Canada and, depending on whether or not the product has an existing INPP notification number, take note of the labeling requirement compliance deadlines of May 13, 2018 or 2019, as applicable.
See https://health-products.canada.ca/vhp-psa/en/home. See https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/veterinary-drugs/other-issues/interim-notification-pilot-program-low-risk-veterinary-health-products.html.
We reported on the 2017 amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations that address antimicrobial resistance from the veterinary use aspect, see "Rules Change for Veterinary use of Antimicrobials."
As of September 2, 2013, Health Canada transferred the responsibility of International Trade Certificates (ITC) issuance to independent 3rd parties. It is standard practice among many countries to require an ITC to accompany any Natural Health Product (NHP) imported into their jurisdiction. An ITC is a document that provides information to the exporting country regarding the regulatory status of a Canadian NHP or Canadian manufacturer, packager and/or labeller and confirms that the product and/or site meets the strict Natural and Non-Prescription Health Product Directorate’s (NNHPD) regulatory requirements.