About List B and personal importation
"Personal importation" of veterinary drugs means that you are bringing a health product into Canada for an animal that is under your care, including:
- food-producing animals
- animals intended to be consumed as food (including horses)
This means that a drug that is not authorized for sale in Canada can only be imported for personal use if it is on List B: List of Certain Veterinary Drugs Which May Be Imported But Not Sold.
Products on List B cannot be:
- imported for sale or given to someone else, even when the distribution is for free
- imported in quantities that are more than a 90-day supply based on the directions for use
We restrict personal importation of foreign veterinary drug products to protect food safety and public health.
Changes to List B
You can request to have a veterinary drug added to List B if it meets all of the necessary conditions.
We update List B based on the number of requests received, including when:
- Health Canada approves a veterinary drug to be added to the list
- there is new information about a veterinary drug that is already on the list
All changes to List B go into effect as soon as they are made public on our website.
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