Nutrasource Blog

The 3 Requirements for Selling a Natural Health Product in Canada

Posted by Nutrasource on Mon, Jul 29, 2019

The Western world is hungry for health products, and industry is meeting that demand with increased product innovation and global expansion like never before. In Canada, consumer health products are categorized as foods, drugs, cosmetics, and natural health products (NHPs). NHPs (referred to as dietary supplements in the U.S.) are health products sold in traditional medicinal formats. Vitamins and minerals, protein powders, herbal medicines, probiotics, and many others, are all examples of products that are sold as NHPs. A 2010 survey showed that 73% of Canadians consume NHPs regularly, proving Canadian consumers are more interested in alternative health products than ever before.

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Tags: Regulatory, Concept to Claim, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

A Regulatory Recipe for Adding Prebiotics and Novel Strains to Your Probiotic Line

Posted by Nutrasource on Wed, Jun 26, 2019

It’s no secret that probiotics are dominating the supplement market, and the consumer demand for foods and supplements that contain beneficial bacteria is increasing exponentially. In fact, the probiotics market is predicted to be worth $69.3 billion by the year 2023.

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Tags: Regulatory, Concept to Claim, Probiotics, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Your (Canadian) CBD Questions Answered

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc., MBA, Marketing Director on Thu, May 02, 2019

As the cannabidiol (CBD) market continues to gain steam, global regulators are working to carve out or update legal pathways to market. This makes keeping up—and staying compliant—an ongoing challenge for brands.

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Tags: Product Marketing, Regulatory, Cannabis

Go to Market in Multiple Countries with One Product Spec

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Vice President, Clinical Design & Delivery on Tue, Apr 02, 2019

What if you could develop one dietary supplement, with a single product specification, and sell it in multiple countries simultaneously – with no reformulation or regulatory headaches involved?

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Tags: Product Marketing, Claims, Regulatory, Concept to Claim, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Ready to Comply with New Supplement and Nutrition Labels by 2022?

Posted by Amy Mozingo, MS, Director of Operations - GRAS Associates on Tue, Mar 05, 2019

Note: This article pertains to the United States. Products sold elsewhere are subject to different country/region-specific regulations.

Mandatory label compliance deadlines are drawing near. If you sell, or are planning on selling, a dietary supplement or food in the U.S., here is what you need to know about the updates required and how you can comply.

In addition to the changes to nutrition labeling, due for most companies January 1, 2020, FDA has set an official “uniform compliance date” of January 1, 2022 for final food and dietary supplement label regulations issued in 2019 and 2020. This compliance date also applies to the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard.

With so many label updates coming in the near future, will your brand ready?

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Tags: Regulatory, Foods & Beverages, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

The Supplement Industry Still Has a Claims Substantiation Problem. Here's How to Fix It

Posted by Douglas Kalman, Ph.D., R.D., CCRC, FACN, Vice President of Scientific Affairs on Wed, Jan 30, 2019

For the past decade, I've written and educated industry about the benefits of substantiating dietary supplement claims, from the rationale of complying with national regulatory rules to remaining ahead of the innovation curve.

But despite policing from the U.S.-FDA and FTC, and the negative media attention surrounding offending brands, the supplement industry still has a substantiation problem. There are far too many instances of companies under fire (or yet to be under fire) for unsubstantiated, misleading, or deceptive claims.

The good news is that this can be fixed with a clearer understanding of what qualifies as substantiation and how companies can benefit from making the investment in quality research. Read on to find out what you need to know.

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Tags: Product Marketing, Claims, Regulatory, Concept to Claim, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Regulatory Trends That Will Shape 2019

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc., MBA, Marketing Director on Thu, Dec 06, 2018

The past year was a whirlwind of regulatory change that brought exciting opportunities and new challenges in equal measure.

As we look to another game-changing year ahead, our regulatory and scientific team reviews the top regulatory trends expected to shape health product innovation and marketing in 2019 and beyond.

Here's what to expect...

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Tags: Product Marketing, Claims, Regulatory, Cannabis, Foods & Beverages, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

How to Form a CRO Partnership That Delivers Results

Posted by Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Vice President, Clinical Design & Delivery on Mon, Oct 15, 2018

The term "partnership" has become a trendy word in the contract research organization (CRO) world. While it's meant to describe a close collaborative relationship between CRO and client, too many organizations claim to be partners when in reality they are only research sites or project-based consultants.

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Tags: Clinical Trials, Regulatory, Concept to Claim

Prop 65 Updates: How to Ensure Dietary Supplement Compliance in California

Posted by Kevin Yan, M.Sc., Director of Analytics & Certifications on Fri, Sep 07, 2018

In the wake of California's updated Prop 65 requirementswhich came into force August 30, 2018—many of our clients have approached us with questions regarding compliance.

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Tags: Product Testing & Certifications, Regulatory, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Substantiating Products With No Guidance: The CBD Confusion

Posted by Susan J. Hewlings, Ph.D., R.D., Director of Scientific Affairs on Fri, Aug 17, 2018

While many U.S. states (and, of course, Canada) are approving medical and recreational use of cannabis products, confusion about how these products are regulated continues to grow.

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Tags: Claims, Regulatory, Cannabis