Interim Notification Pilot Program

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Interim Notification Pilot Program (INPP) expansion to a limited group of Low-Risk Veterinary Health Products (LRVHPs) for use in dairy cattle

Since its inception in 2012, the Interim Notification Pilot Program (INPP) for Low-Risk Veterinary Health Products (LRVHP) has been an effective voluntary mechanism for manufacturers and importers to access low risk products for companion animals only. The scope has been expanded to a limited group of LRVHPs, including oral Calcium supplements and udder creams and lotions for dairy cattle. These products present minimal risk to animals and food safety and are important tools to maintain animal health and welfare.

Health Canada is committed to modernising the regulatory system for veterinary drugs by maintaining appropriate regulatory oversight and considering factors such as the available evidence, nature and intended use of the product.

This voluntary program is administered by an independent third party, North American Compendiums (NAC). The Program allows a "notifier" to obtain a notification number from NAC if conditions established by Health Canada are met. Health Canada would not prioritize the enforcement of the regulatory requirements related to the importation, manufacture, or sale of those veterinary drugs notified within the program and would not normally seek to prevent the importation, manufacture, or sale of such a product unless a health risk is identified.

The Program is consistent with recommendations made to Health Canada by the Expert Advisory Committee on Veterinary Natural Health Products. Health Canada conducted an online consultation in the Spring of 2011 where stakeholders expressed their support of the Program.

For information on the application process please contact:

North American Compendiums
P.O. Box 39
Hensall, Ontario N0M 1X0
Toll-Free Number: 1-888-328-6228
Telephone Number: 1-519-489-6014
Fax Number: 519-263-2936

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