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Health Canada gives consumers more options

By Food in Canada staff   

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Consumers have access to more natural health product formulations as the feds change classification for several naturally sourced ingredients

Oshawa, Ont. – Minerals, oils and salts used in traditional medicine and in Western natural health product formulations are now available without a prescription.

Health Canada made the announcement of the change in classification this week for the 10 ingredients used to maintain and promote health.

Health Canada says it understands that Canadian consumers want to have more choice when it comes to safe and effective health products and manufacturers want meet the need.

“With this change – the number and variety of available natural health products will continue to grow – and consumers can continue to have confidence in the authorized products they choose,” says Colin Carrie, parliamentary secretary of Health.


More than 50,000 natural health products are already authorized for sale in Canada.

With this change in classification, the 10 ingredients will no longer be restricted to prescription products only and will become eligible, under certain conditions, for authorization under the Natural Health Products Regulations.

The ingredients are:
1. Oil of apiol
2. Centella asiatica
3. Deanol and its salts
4. Theobromine and its salts
5. Dopamine and its salts
6. Gold and its salts
7. Uracil and its salts
8. Dimethyl Sulfoxide
9. Levocarnitine
10. L-Tryptophan

Health Canada has reviewed evidence indicating that these medicinal ingredients are suitable for use without a prescription.

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