Health Canada recently announced the start of a one-year Advance
Notice of Importation Process pilot program.1 The
program, now in operation, streamlines the process for importing
cosmetics and drugs into Canada and will continue until March 11,
Canadian regulation prohibits the import of non-compliant
cosmetics and drugs; however, Health Canada will permit the import
of non-compliant products if: the importer provides advance notice
of a proposed import to a Health Canada inspector; and the imported
product is relabeled or modified to comply with Canadian
regulations within 3 months of import.
What You Need To Know
The pilot program authorizes Health Canada to allow importers
to provide a single Advance Notice of Importation Form to
gain approval for multiple imports of products within a specified
3-month period (rather than importers giving advance notice and
obtaining approval for each separate import).
The import of non-compliant cosmetics and drugs is only
permitted if the product is approved for sale—the new program
does not allow the import of drugs with pending Canadian marketing
The import exemption does not waive any other regulatory
requirements for marketing cosmetics or drugs in Canada. For
instance, while drugs with non-compliant labels may be imported
into Canada for relabeling or modification, any such relabeling or
modification must be performed at a facility approved for such
activity under a Drug Establishment License.
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