NHP Updates (Natural Health Products Updates) presents and explores issues important to consumers and other stakeholders in the natural health product sector, such as healthcare practitioners, manufacturers and retailers. Topics include the latest in basic and clinical research of natural health products, industry developments and achievements, regulatory changes, and media reports about the sector.
HONEY BEES IN PERIL!
Populations of the European honey bee, the most important pollinator found around the world, have decreased by 25% over the past 20 years in Europe, and by 59% over the last 58 years in North America… And this catastrophic global decrease is accelerating. There are many and complex reasons for this slide toward extinction by the European (or Western) honey bee, most of them due to humans. Read More.
DRAFT GUIDELINES FOR THE FDA’S NEW DIETARY INGREDIENT NOTIFICATION PROCESS: WHAT DO THEY MEAN? – Q&A
In August 2016, the FDA published draft guidelines — “Draft Guidance for Industry; Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notification and Related Issue”. The purpose of these guidelines was to 1. improve compliance with these notification requirements and 2. to help improve the quality of the information sent to the FDA. Read More.
PROPOSED REGULATION FOR SELF-CARE PRODUCTS IN CANADA: IMPACT ON NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS – Q&A
Health Canada began a consultation process in September 2016 to consider how to replace existing individual regulations for 1. non-prescription drugs, 2. natural health products, and 3. cosmetics with an over-arching system for self-care products. As part of this consultation a Report of Online Consultation on Modernizing the Regulation of Self-Care Products in Canada was published in March 2017. Read More.
What is so special about the International Conference on the Science of Botanicals?
Mississippi is home to the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) at the University of Mississippi. The NCPNR is widely regarded as one of the leading centres of its kind in North America and each year hosts the International Conference on the Science of Botanicals that blends research and science with the role of regulation. Read More.
CANADIAN REGULATION OF NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS – ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS
Recently there has been a lot of news about the regulations and quality of vitamins, minerals, herbals and other supplements available in Canada. To better navigate the market place, there are some important points that need to be remembered. Read More.
TAKING THE NEXT STEP – CERTIFICATION OF NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS IN CANADA
Can consumers have confidence in the natural health products that they purchase? Can they be sure that the active ingredients listed on the product label are really found in the product, and at the stated levels? Are they safe? Find out how ISURA will help answer these questions. Read More.
FDA WARNING LETTERS FOR DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS DATABASE MADE AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC
Recently, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) released a comprehensive online resource for consumers. This resource, allows the public to quickly and easily access FDA Warning Letters that have been sent out to dietary supplement companies in violation of regulations set forth by the FDA. While the FDA is an agency within the United States Department of Health & Human Services, the dietary supplements regulated by them are marketed globally. The implications run beyond all borders. Read More.