加拿大拥有世界上最好的医疗保健体系,这种类似“共产主义”般的医疗体系,世界上只有少数国家能够做到全民免费医疗。这种人人平等,实行无差别待遇的全民医疗保险制度深为加拿大政府和公民所自豪。正因为加拿大是全民免费医疗,一切均有政府买单,所以加拿大政府对保健品管理极为严苛。政府要求生产厂商提供详细产品信息包括成份、来源、计量和其强度、建议摄取方式等相关信息。由于自然健康产品成份比处方药相对复杂,因此申请手续繁琐,递交的相关注册资料往往是厚厚一摞,送审条件非常严格。正是在这种几乎比处方药物还要严苛地管理制度下,才确保了加拿大保健品的卓越品质。从业者角度看,若产品在加拿大上市,即获得加拿大卫生部颁发的自然保健品编号Natural Product Number (NPN),成为加拿大政府认可的Natural Health Product (NHP)自然健康产品,该产品就有了行销世界各国的背书保证。

Canada's health care system is a group of socialized health insurance plans that provides coverage to all Canadian citizens. It is publicly funded and administered on a provincial or territorial basis, within guidelines set by the federal government.

Under the health care system, individual citizens are provided preventative care and medical treatments from primary care physicians as well as access to hospitals, dental surgery and additional medical services. Therefore, Canadian Government requires high quality of Natural health products (NHPs), these are naturally occurring substances that are used to restore or maintain good health. They come in a wide variety of forms like tablets, capsules, tinctures, solutions, creams, ointments and drops.

Fast fact: 71% of Canadians have used natural health products like vitamins and minerals, herbal products, and homeopathic medicines.

 

NHPs are used and marketed for a number of health reasons, like the prevention or treatment of an illness or condition, the reduction of health risks, or the maintenance of good health. They must be safe to be used as over-the-counter products. Products needing a prescription are regulated as drugs.