Natural Health Products - Related Guidance Documents and Forms
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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Gain a better understanding of the Natural Health Products (NHP) Online System and its current suite of web applications and tools.
On this page:
- Guidance on how to use the Natural Health Products Online System
- Natural Health Product Licence Application Form
Guidance on how to use the National Health Products Online System
Guidance Document on how to interact with the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate electronically provides a summary of information for Trading Partners who will use the Natural Health Products Online System.
A Trading Partner is a company or private business that has gone through the steps of validating their status with the Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate. Companies or businesses that are recognized as Trading Partners can transact with us electronically via epost Connect secure conversations. It allows a company to submit confidential documentation directly to the Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate via email and allows users to track their transactions.
- Natural Health Products Online System Standard Terminology Guide provides guidance on the standards and terminologies used in the Natural Health Product Online System.
Natural Health Product Licence Application Form
Web-based Natural Health Product Licence Application Form, version 4.0
Released on June 15, 2020, the Natural Health Product (NHP) Licence Application form, version 4.0 allows you to fill an NHP licence application online. The online form can:
- populate product and monograph data from the Natural Health Products Ingredient Database (NHPID) to save time
- save completed application forms as an .html file, which can be sent to the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) as a part of a complete application package
- allows for validation of information in completed compendial class I applications against the monograph before the application is finalized an submitted to the NNHPD (version 4 only).
If the monograph(s) that are applicable to your product do not appear in the list of Validation-supported monographs, you must use version 3.
Instructions for completing the form can be found in the form itself.
Information about ingredients
You can refer to the Natural Health Products Ingredients Database (NHPID) to find out what medicinal and non-medicinal ingredients can be used in NHPs. The NHPID also includes standard terminology used in the Natural Health Products Online System, monographs, and abbreviated labelling standards.
For more information on searching and navigating the NHPID please see the Natural Health Products Ingredients Database Web Application Guide or the instructional video.
If you would like to propose a new ingredient or propose a change to an ingredient in the NHPID, please submit an Ingredients Database Issue Form. Your request will be assessed by the NNHPD. For instructions on how to complete the form please see the Natural Health Products Ingredients Database Issue Form Guide or the Instructional Video on the Issue Form.
Submitting an amendment
If you have already submitted an NHP licence application for which you have received a licence, and you would like to amend it, please use the Natural Health Product Licence Amendment and Notification Form. For instructions on how to prepare and submit an amendment, please see the Natural Health Product Licence Amendment and Notification Form User Guide.
If you run into problems with the Amendment Notification Form, please use the Electronic Product Licence Application Form (ePLA) to submit your amendment. This alternative format will be available until January 1, 2021.
Management of applications
For more information about how we manage NHP licence applications, as well as the responsibilities and what is expected of applicants throughout the application process, please see the Natural Health Products Management of Applications Policy.
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