What to know about natural health products as Canada ponders new regulations – CTV

May 26, 2023

Senators in Canada are deliberating new regulations that would mandate closer monitoring of side effects of “natural health products.”

A part of Bill C-47, which implements several commitments made by the federal government under Budget 2023, would incorporate natural health products, such as herbal remedies and supplements, into Vanessa’s Law, which requires hospitals to report any adverse reactions associated with the products.

Here’s what you need to know about natural health products, the risks associated with these products, and Canada’s proposed regulations.

Health Canada defines natural health products as “naturally occurring substances that are used to restore or maintain good health.” Also called “alternative” or “complimentary” medicines, they can come in the form of tablets, capsules, tinctures, solutions, creams, ointments and drops.

Examples of natural health products include vitamins and minerals, herbal remedies, homeopathic and traditional medicines, and probiotics.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/what-to-know-about-natural-health-products-as-canada-ponders-new-regulations-1.6413871

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