Natural Health Products Program Advisory Committee: Meeting #1, September 14 and 15, 2009

The Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) has changed its name to the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) subsequent to its recently expanded mandate to include the oversight of non-prescription and disinfectant drugs in addition to natural health products (NHPs). Please note that we are currently modifying documents to reflect this change.

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September 14 and 15, 2009



  • Ms. Anuradha Bose, Option consommateurs
  • Ms. Paula Brown, British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Mr. Michel Caron, National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (Alternate)
  • Mr. Carl Carter, Canadian Health Food Association
  • Mr. Joseph Chan, Bayer Inc., Consumer Care
  • Mr. Lawrence Cheng, Chamber of Chinese Herbal Medicine of Canada
  • Ms. Suzanne Gaudette, Canadian Homeopathic Pharmaceuticals Association
  • Ms. Barbra J Johnston, Nature’s Formulae Health Products Inc.
  • Mr. Gary Leong, Jamieson Laboratories Inc.
  • Ms. Shawn O’Reilly, Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
  • Mr. Ron Rosenes, Canadian Treatment Action Council
  • Mr. David Skinner, Consumer Health Products Canada
  • Mr. Ron Smith, Natural Factors Nutritional Products Inc.
  • Ms. Leah Stephenson, Best Medicines Coalition (Alternate)
  • Ms. Barbara Wells, Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores

Health Canada

  • Ms. Meena Ballantyne, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB)
  • Ms. Michelle Boudreau, Director General, Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD)
  • Ms. Diana Dowthwaite, Director General, Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate (HPFBI)
  • Dr. Chris Turner, Director General, Marketed Health Products Directorate (MHPD)
  • Mr. Don Boyer, NHPD
  • Ms. Diane Henry, NHPD
  • Dr. Alison Ingham, NHPD
  • Dr. Robert Leitch, MHPD
  • Ms. Nancy Richards, Senior Executive Director, NHPD
  • Ms. Carol Toone, NHPD
  • Dr. Duc Vu, Director, MHPD

Day One: September 14, 2009

Item #1
Opening Remarks - Context and Vision for the Inaugural and Ongoing NHP-PAC
Ms. Michelle Boudreau, NHPD
Item #2
Getting Underway - Building the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Inaugural (2009-2010) and Ongoing NHP-PAC
Ms. N. Richards, NHPD
Item #3
Overview of the Natural Health Products Directorate Standards of Evidence Framework and Product Testing Requirements
Dr. A. Ingham, NHPD
Item #4
Informing About Natural Health Products: Stakeholder Focus
Ms. M. Boudreau, NHPD
Item #5
Discussion on the Natural Health Products Program
Ms. Meena Ballantyne, Assistant Deputy Minister, HPFB
Ms. Diana Dowthwaite, HPFBI
Dr. Chris Turner, MHPD

Day Two: September 15, 2009

Item #6
Concurrent Discussions
Working Group #1 - Standards of Evidence for Non-Traditional Natural Health Products: Membership and Workplan
Mr. Ron Rosenes, Chair
Item #7
Working Group #2 - Product Testing Requirements Connected to Good Manufacturing Practice Requirements for Natural Health Products: Membership and Workplan
Ms. Paula Brown, Chair
Item #8
Next meeting: December 7-8, 2009, Ottawa
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