Natural health product regulation in Canada: Natural health product cost recovery

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Introducing natural health product (NHP) cost recovery

Health Canada currently relies solely on public funding to fund regulatory services it provides to industry. Regulatory services for other health products are funded through a mix of revenues from fees and public funding.

Health Canada is proposing fees for industry to strengthen the NHP program and support its long-term sustainability.

Proposed fees for natural health products

On May 12, 2023, Health Canada published its Proposed fees for natural health products.

The proposed fees fell into 3 categories:

Health Canada undertook public consultations on its fee proposal between May 12 – August 10, 2023, as part of its ongoing commitment to consultation and transparency.

Informed by these consultations, Health Canada made significant revisions to the proposed fees and on March 27, 2024, published these revisions. The revised fees:

The revisions to the proposed fees will allow the department to continue to:

Health Canada has committed to providing an opportunity for stakeholders to provide their feedback. Stakeholders are invited to submit feedback on these revisions to the proposed fees using a feedback form that is open for a 60-day period, from March 27 to May 25, 2024.

The input will be considered before the fees for NHPs become final. Final fees will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II before implementation targeting December 2025.

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