Importing and registering pill presses (designated devices)


This guidance document provides an overview of what you need to do to import a designated device to Canada commercially, including:

  • general requirements for registration
  • Import requirements
  • import procedures and documents

Important notice

All commercial importers must have a business number for any import/export account with the Canada Border Services Agency.

Who this guide is for

  • Pharmaceutical, Food and consumer product industry
  • Individuals thinking about becoming importers of designated devices
  • Individuals planning to import a designated device

In this guide

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Details and history

Published: May 19, 2017
Part of topic(s): Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy

For assistance

Contact the Authorizations Division if you need assistance:

By e-mail:

By mail:

Authorizations Division
Office of Controlled Substances
Controlled Substances Directorate
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Health Canada
161 Goldenrod Driveway, AL0300B
Ottawa ON K1A 0K9

Health Canada’s service hours are Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm (eastern time). They are closed on statutory holidays.

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