In Canada there are several distinct differences in the regulations and categorization of dietary supplements. First, dietary supplements (often called food supplements in other countries such as in Europe) are called Natural Health Products and require a Natural Product Number (NPN) license to legally sell and market in Canada. Licenses are issued by the Non-Prescription and Natural Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) which is a department within in Health Canada. Licensing is based on at least one health claim to support at least one of the medicinal ingredients in the product. This health claim can be structure-function, therapeutic or preventative in nature. For example, a claim of reducing pain related to osteoarthritis would be allowed if evidence is presented to support such a claim. The route of administration for Natural Health Products is broader than in other countries. It includes topical products. Some sunscreens, eczema creams, acne products are classified as NHPs. Licensing can vary from as fast as 10 days or as long as 6 months depending on various factors and level of evidence that must be provided.
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