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Information about Health Canada’s Notification Program for Veterinary Health Products

August 10, 2017

A message from Health Canada’s Veterinary Drugs Directorate:

Below provides you with additional information about Health Canada’s Notification Program for veterinary health products (VHPs), which are low risk products such as vitamins, minerals, traditional and homeopathic medicines for companion and food-producing animals that are intended to help maintain animal health and welfare.

In 2012, Health Canada, in collaboration with the independent third party, North American Compendiums (NAC - www.lrvhp.ca) and the Canadian Animal Health Institute, launched a voluntary pilot program aimed at creating a flexible and risk appropriate mechanism for manufacturers and importers to access low risk products for use in companion animals. The pilot program was intended as a temporary mechanism to assess the effectiveness of a streamlined approach to oversee low risk veterinary health products with a view to informing the development of a new regulatory framework for these products.  Since that time, nearly 1000 products have been notified by this program and are available for sale in Canada.  

The May 17, 2017 final publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II of the Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Veterinary Drugs – Antimicrobial Resistance) includes provisions that build on the successes of the pilot program and introduces a similar notification pathway in the regulations for VHPs for use in both companion and food-producing animals.  

With the new rules, Health Canada will regulate VHPs through a Notification Program administered by the Veterinary Drugs Directorate. The new Notification Program is intended to be similar in functionality to the pilot program’s current system (www.lrvhp.ca), including the notification of VHPs, the requirements for VHP substances or ingredients as included on List C: Veterinary Health Products, and the reporting of adverse events.