Earlier this year, Health Canada published a proposal relating to a cost-recovery regime for natural health products (NHPs). Health Canada proposes to start charging fees for NHP regulatory activities on April 1, 2025.
Pursuant to the Natural Health Product Regulations, NHPs must have a product licence to be legally sold in Canada, and Canadian sites that manufacture, package, label, and import NHPs must have a site licence. Currently, there are no fees associated with NHP product or site licences.
Health Canada’s proposal outlines three categories of fees:
Health Canada is proposing a fee reduction for small businesses, which is defined as a company, including its affiliates, that has fewer than 100 employees, or between $30,000 and $5 million in annual revenue. According to the proposal, small businesses would be eligible for the following fee reductions:
For more information on Health Canada’s proposal and the specific fees, please see here.
Summary By: Michelle Noonan
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