Food and Food Supplements Regulatory Services in Canada

Food and Food Supplements
Regulatory Services in Canada


Canada has steady growth and demand for Natural Health Products (NHP). All-Natural Health Products (NHPs) sold in Canada are subject to the NHP Regulations, which came into force on January 1, 2004. In Canada, NHPs and foods are regulated under the Food and Drugs Act (FDA) and its associated regulations. Health Canada is responsible for establishing and enforcing policies, regulations, and standards relating to the health, safety, and nutritional quality of food in Canada. Despite the steady demand, manufacturers may face difficulty in delivering the acceptable formulation within the approved ingredient list to obtain market entry for Canada.

There are several distinct differences in the regulations and categorization of dietary supplements and are called Natural Health Products (NHPs) and require a Natural Product Number (NPN) license to sell and market in Canada legally. Licenses are issued by the Non-Prescription and Natural Health Products Directorate (NNHPD), a department within Health Canada. Licensing is based on at least one health claim to support at least one of the medicinal ingredients in the product under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Apart from the NHPs, we also have Novel Foods, which are food products that are new or changed compared to existing foods. Health Canada reviews the novel foods for their safety before they can be sold in Canada. For food and supplements containing novel ingredients, the manufacturer must submit a Novel Food application to Health Canada for authorization.


Freyr Expertise

  • Novel Food Registration Support
  • Translation Service
  • Food Product Classification
  • Natural Health Product (NHP) Classification
  • Formula Review/Ingredients Assessment
  • Food Label and Health Claims Review
  • Food Claims/Nutrient functional Claims Consultation
  • Product Registration/Product License Application (PLA) under Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada
  • NHP Site license application (SLA)
  • Regulatory Intelligence Reports
  • Product-Specific Periodic updates on the Regulatory Guidelines/Standards
  • Import Guidance
Freyr Advantages


Freyr Advantages


End-to-end Regulatory consultation


Expert advice on Regulatory strategy of NHP


Robust partner network in Canada


Strong relations with Health Canada


Qualified team of experts with hands-on experience across all categories of foods like Natural Health Product, health supplements, dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, health functional foods, health functional beverages, foods for special dietary use, etc.


Support for region-specific Regulatory activities


Assistance to obtain Natural Product Number (NPN)