Drugs and Health Products

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Adverse Reaction Information

Advisories, Warnings and Recalls

For information about advisories, warning and recalls related to:

Biologics, Radiopharmaceuticals and Genetic Therapies

Contact the Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate for information about:

  • Blood and blood products,
  • Cells, tissues and organs,
  • Genetic therapies and diagnostics,
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Reproductive technologies,
  • Viral and bacterial vaccines.

For more specific information contact the following offices:

Compliance and Enforcement

Contact the Health Product Compliance Directorate (HPCD) for information about Health Canada's national compliance and enforcement program. Contact the HPCD for all drugs and health products for human and veterinary use regulated under its mandate, including:

  • Director General's Office
  • Drug establishment licensing
  • Drug shortages and discontinuations
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) inspection program
  • Good Pharmacovigilance Practices (GVP) inspection program
  • Health Product Border Compliance Program
  • Health Product Compliance and Enforcement (compliance verification)
  • Mutual Recognition Agreements and International Affairs

To submit a complaint regarding an alleged violation of the Food and Drugs Act and related Regulations with regard to health products please complete the Health Product Complaint Form (FRM-0317).

Controlled Substances and Precursor Chemicals

Contact the Office of Controlled Substances for information on legislation, policy, activities, and the operations with regards to controlled substances and precursor chemicals.

Contact the appropriate DAS Contact Personnel for Police Forces for information on seized drug exhibit submissions.

Drug Products

Funding and Fees

MedEffect Canada

MedEffect Canada is a Health Canada initiative to provide centralized access to important new health product safety information and to build awareness on adverse reactions and the importance of reporting them.

We invite you to get involved!

We invite you also to:

Medical Devices

Medical Use of Marijuana

Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate

General Enquiries

General enquiries regarding natural health products (NHPs), non-prescription drugs, product or site applications, licence status or corrections, etc., may be submitted to the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD), by email to nnhpd-dpsnso@hc-sc.gc.ca.

Methods of delivery

Contacts for Natural Health Products and Non-prescription Drugs

Contacts for Non-prescription Drugs

  • Product Licensing for Non-prescription Drugs
    For general enquiries relating to licensing non-prescription drugs, please contact the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD), by email to nnhpd-dpsnso@hc-sc.gc.ca.
  • Drug Product Database
    To search for a licensed non-prescription product, please visit the online Drug Products Database (DPD).

    For general questions about the contents of the DPD, please contact: The Office of Submissions and Intellectual Property by email at: OSIP-BPPI@hc-sc.gc.ca or by phone at 613-941-7281.

    For technical support about the database, please contact: DPD Data Administrator

  • Drug Establishment Licensing
    For general enquiries relating to licensing non-prescription drugs, please contact:
    del_questions_leppp@hc-sc.gc.ca. More information can be found at the Drug Establishment Licences site.
  • Clinical Trials for Non-prescription Drugs
    For information, please contact: OCT_BEC_Enquiries_Enquetes@hc-sc.gc.ca

Contacts for Natural Health Products

  • Product licensing for natural health products
    For general enquiries relating to licensing natural health products, please contact the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD), by email at nnhpd-dpsnso@hc-sc.gc.ca.
  • Natural Health Products Online System
    To submit Trading Partner application packages electronically, or to report technical issues and/or errors with the NHP Online System (e.g. web forms/databases), please email: hc.nhp.initiative-psn.sc@hc-sc.gc.ca.
  • Natural Health Products Ingredient Database (NHPID)
    The NHPID is a repository of scientific terminologies and pre-cleared information approved by the NNHPD. To request additions or modifications of ingredient information or controlled vocabulary to the database, please use the Issue Form and submit it to: ingredient_support@hc-sc.gc.ca.
  • Clinical Trials for NHPs
    The NNHPD must authorize clinical trials for natural health products. The process of applying for authorization to conduct a clinical trial is designed to ensure the safety and ethical treatment of human experimental subjects and other persons involved in the trial. For further information, please contact: hc.nhpd-cta-dec-dpsn.sc@hc-sc.gc.ca.
  • Site Licensing for NHPs
    Who requires a site licence?

    Note that applicants are strongly encouraged to enrol as Trading Partners and submit site licence applications (SLAs) via the secure email delivery service epost Connect (for more details, please refer to the "Methods of Delivery" section below) or as mentioned in the How to Interact with the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate Electronically. For more information, please contact: nnhpd-dpsnso@hc-sc.gc.ca

Methods of Delivery

Submissions must be sent via either through ONE of the following options:

  • (1) regular postal delivery
  • (2) courier
  • (3) secure email service, ePost Connect (New NHP Applications, if already a registered Trading Partner).

Faxes, regular electronic mail and USB memory sticks will not be accepted.

We encourage applicants to submit applications via ePost Connectâ„¢ by completing the Enrolment Process to become a Trading Partner, which is a free service, provided that you are sending us correspondence in a conversation that was initiated by NNHPD. Licence applications, post-licence submission, and renewals are to be sent via the New NHP Applications Conversation, which we initiate with you once you enrol as a Trading Partner.

Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate
Attn: Submission Administration Unit
250 Lanark Avenue AL 2002B
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9 (Canada Post delivery including Xpress Post)
K1Z 1G4 (Courier service excluding Xpress Post)

Public Involvement and Consultation

  • For information about public involvement and consultation, contact the Office of Consumer and Public Involvement.

Regulatory Requirements for Advertising

  • For information about regulatory requirements for Advertising contact the Regulatory Advertising Section of the Marketed Health Products Directorate.

Special Access to Drugs & Health Products

Veterinary Drugs

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