Self-Care Products Framework
Health Canada’s new Self-Care Products Framework proposes a modernized framework for regulating self-care products including cosmetics, NHPs, and OTC drugs. Unlike the current system which includes 3 different sets of onerous and inconsistent regulations administered under two branches of government, the framework proposes a risk-based and consistent approach to the regulation of self-care products.
Our goal is to achieve a level-playing field for all self-care products where low-risk cosmetic-like drugs and NHPs are classified with cosmetics in the lowest risk tier with appropriate oversight (i.e. no requirement for pre-market authorization or licensing). Ultimately, this will reduce regulatory burden, minimize cost, and simplify getting products to market in Canada for our members.
CA’s strategy includes working with Health Canada to develop the operational details of the framework and advance the regulatory amendments and legislative reforms required to enable the framework, as well as building political and public support for the new framework by engaging with stakeholders including elected officials and senior bureaucrats.