Quality, safety and trust are necessary in today’s marketplace for companies that want to stay competitive.
In the US, finished products, as well as their ingredients, are regulated by the FDA. United States manufacturers and distributors are prohibited from marketing products that are misbranded. They must also ensure that the products are safe and follow FDA good manufacturing practices (GMP). The products and their ingredients must be traceable from seed to end consumer and up to 2 years beyond expiration.
In Canada these products are managed by Health Canada under NHPID – Natural Health Products Ingredients Database.
The Natural Health Products Ingredients Database (NHPID) provides an electronic tool which enables members of the public to access information on the following topics:
acceptable medicinal and non-medicinal ingredients used in Natural Health Products (NHP)
standard terminology used by the Natural Health Products Online System (NHP Online System), known as “Controlled Vocabulary”, referring to acceptable quality test methods, dosage forms, non-medicinal ingredient purposes, and so on.
pre-cleared information such as single ingredient monographs, product monographs and abbreviated labeling standards (AbLS)