Bringing health products into Canada for personal use (GUI-0116): summary
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This guidance document describes the rules for bringing health products into Canada for personal human and veterinary use. Health products include prescription drugs; over-the-counter (OTC) medications; natural health products (NHPs); veterinary health products (VHPs); medical devices; blood for transfusion; human cells, tissues, organs for transplantation.
Who this guide is for
These guidelines apply to you if you:
- live in Canada (resident of Canada),
- are returning to Canada from abroad
- are a visitor to Canada such as a tourist or a visitor with a study or work permit
In this guide
- Role of Individual
- Government of Canada’s role
- What types of health products are regulated under the Food and Drugs Act?
- Guidelines for importing health products for personal use
- What is meant by personal use?
- Who can import a health product for personal use?
- Can I bring medical devices into Canada?
- Can I bring prescription drugs into Canada?
- Are there shipping or packaging requirements?
- Can I bring drugs for food producing animals or animals intended for food (including all horses) into Canada?
- Can my doctor/veterinarian access health products that are not available in Canada?
- Can I bring/mail health products to a foreign country?
- Appendix A - Glossary
- Appendix B - Contact us
- Appendix C - References
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Published: December 21, 2020
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