Audit reveals supplement regulation and oversight is lacking

Audit reveals supplement regulation and oversight is lacking

Like the American approach, the Natural Health Product Regulations were a compromise – not requiring pharmaceutical-level oversight and regulation, but establishing basic expectations and standards. Unlike drug manufacturers, Health Canada does not pre-inspect facilities that manufacture natural health products – it relies on attestations and documentation. This audit was intended to determine if natural health products available to Canadians are safe and properly labelled. For the remaining 12 sites, Health Canada failed to verify one or more components that would demonstrate GMP. Weaker regulation of supplements and natural health products has been a boon to manufacturers, but the same can’t be said for consumer protection.

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