As of February 4, 2013, the Natural Health Products (Unprocessed Product Licence Applications) Regulations (NHP-UPLAR) were repealed. With the repeal of the NHPUPLAR, Exemption Numbers will no longer be used. Health Canada offered a period of transition (until September 2014) to retailers to phase out their stock of approved products with non-compliant labeling.
When presented with a product with an EN number, pharmacists should verify its status by searching for the product on Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Exempted Products Database. Pharmacists are reminded that only products that have received a market authorization or product licence from Health Canada are approved for sale in Canada. Authorized products in Canada will bear a Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM).
If you are unsure about the status of a product you may want to contact Health Canada at 1-800-OCANADA/1-800-622-6232
to obtain clarification.
Natural Health Products (NHP) Exempted Products Database
(for products with EN) Click here.
Licensed Natural Health Products (NHP) Database
(for products with NPN or DIN-HMs) Click here.