Forward Regulatory Plan 2019-2021: Proposed  Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis Health Products

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis Health Products

Enabling Act

Food and Drugs Act


Health Canada will be seeking input through consultation (spring 2019) on the potential market for cannabis health products that would not require practitioner oversight. Following the consultation, Health Canada intends to gather external scientific advice on the appropriate evidence standards required to demonstrate safety and efficacy.

A key objective of the proposed regulatory approach would be to ensure that the public health and safety objectives of the Food and Drugs Act and the Cannabis Act are met.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

None. Cannabis remains a controlled substance internationally, so these regulations are expected to have a minimal impact, if any, outside of Canada.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Feedback obtained from this public policy consultation will support Health Canada in developing a potential regulatory approach for cannabis products with a health claim in a way that protects both public health and safety, and supports Canadians in making informed decisions about their health.


On June 19, 2019, Health Canada launched an on-line consultation to obtain feedback from Canadians and interested stakeholders on the potential market for cannabis health products that would not require practitioner oversight. The 75 day comment period will run until September 3, 2019.

Further information

Additional information can be requested from the Departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

Bruno Rodrigue
Executive Director
Office of Legislative and Regulatory Modernization
Policy, Planning and International Affairs Directorate
Health Products and Food Branch
Health Canada

Telephone: 613-946-6586

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 1, 2019

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