Forward Regulatory Plan 2023-2025: Regulations Amending the Natural Health Products and the Food and Drug Regulations (Self-Care Framework)

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Regulations Amending the Natural Health Products Regulations and the Food and Drug Regulations (Self-Care Framework)

Enabling Act

Food and Drugs Act


Health Canada is proposing amendments to the Natural Health Products Regulations and Food and Drug Regulations to align the risk-based approach to regulatory oversight for self-care products. As the scope of the regulatory proposals is significant, the proposed amendments will be advanced in separate regulatory proposals.

Future proposed amendments would modernize the Natural Health Products Regulations through the creation of a risk-based categorization structure and enhanced quality review. Amendments would also introduce an annual notification to identify marketed products, revisions to strengthen the requirements for good manufacturing practices, and a risk-based site licensing program. These amendments would also address recommendations made in the 2021 audit by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development of the natural health products program.

Future proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations would develop expedited pathways for lower-risk non-prescription drug products, including a class-based licensing system, aligning requirements with those of Natural Health Products with similar characteristics and uses, appropriate pharmacovigilance requirements and establishment licensing that is commensurate with the risk of these products. This regulatory initiative was identified by Health Canada in the Health and Biosciences Sector Regulatory Review Roadmap.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This initiative is not part of a formal regulatory cooperation work plan.

This regulatory proposal would better align Canada’s requirements with those of other jurisdictions such as the United States, European Union and Australia.

Potential impacts on people in Canada, including businesses

The proposed amendments would apply to businesses involved in the sale of natural health products and non-prescription drugs in Canada.

Proposed amendments to the Natural Health Products Regulations are anticipated to strengthen oversight and provide people in Canada with greater assurance of the quality of marketed natural health products.

Proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations are anticipated to decrease regulatory burden and costs to businesses, as well as introduce greater efficiencies for businesses.


Stakeholder engagement and consultation has been ongoing since 2016.

Health Canada will continue to engage stakeholders in 2023-2024.

Health Canada published the regulatory amendments to improve the labeling of natural health products in the Canada Gazette, Part II on July 6, 2022.

Further information

Related information can be found on:

Self-Care Products

Summary: What We Heard on self-care product regulation

Consultation on the regulation of self-care products

Non-prescription Drug Action Plan

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: 613-321-4235

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

April 2015

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