Tell Health Canada NHPs Are Not Drugs


HEALTH CANADA IS PROCEEDING WITH ITS TIMETABLE TO REPLACE THE NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS REGULATIONS AND TO REGULATE NHPS AND NON-PRESCRIPTION CHEMICAL DRUGS UNDER A SINGLE SET OF REGULATIONS.


WHAT IS HEALTH CANADA’S PROPOSED “SELF-CARE FRAMEWORK” AND WHY DOES IT MATTER TO CANADIANS?

As set out in our Discussion Paper on the upcoming changes to the Regulation of Natural Health Products, we can expect the following:

  • The Natural Health Product Regulations will be phased out and replaced;
  • Natural Health products will be regulated under the same regulations as chemical drugs;
  • The draconian enforcement powers the government promised would not be applied to natural health products when Vanessa’s Law was passed will be applied to natural health products (these are the feared Bill C-51 powers);
  • The health conditions natural health products can be used for will be further curtailed;
  • Censorship of truthful information will be increased;
  • The natural health community will be subjected to administrative penalties and licensing fees;
  • Likely the compounding exemption will be abolished;
  • NHPs will be subjected to the same standards of evidence as chemical non-prescription drugs;
  • Traditional evidence will no longer be permitted for efficacy claims;
  • Access to effective natural health products will be reduced.

WHAT IS THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THESE REGULATION CHANGES?

All of this is being done without any scientific justification or political need. As is set out in an upcoming NHPPA Discussion Paper, these changes are being imposed by five bureaucrats without any justification, and without any regard for the expertise that went into our current regulations.

CANADIANS NEED TO MAKE THIS AN ELECTION ISSUE. OUR HEALTH FREEDOM DEPENDS ON IT.

This is an election year. It is crucial to make this an issue now, so that all parties know that Canadians take the access to NHPs seriously.

The NHPPA is wanting to engage the natural health community into taking several actions with the following goals:

  1. To stop the plan of regulating NHPs and chemical non-prescription drugs under the same set of regulations;
  2. To pass a law ensuring that the powers imposed in Vanessa’s Law on chemical pharmaceutical drug companies are not imposed on NHPs (Parliament made it clear when passing Vanessa’s Law that it was not meant to apply to NHPs);
  3. To have the Charter of Health Freedom [make “Charter of Health Freedom” a link to the Charter] adopted as law.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

The specific actions we will ask you to take will vary as the campaign progresses.

Now, we request the following of you:

  1. If you are not in our email list so that you get action alerts and discussion papers, please sign up here;
  2. Support us financially on a monthly basis. No campaign can run without finances, and this is no exception. We can succeed with financing. We will not succeed without financing. Please consider the hypocrisy of giving input and claiming to be supportive and helpful while withholding any financial support to make things happen. That just weakens the campaign by having us spend resources on your input without making any difference (as you are already on side);
  3. Create a citizen’s petition station and collect signatures supporting the Charter of Health Freedom. We have 101, 407 signatures and counting!
  4. Sign Pure North’s change.org petition to create the online optics and social pressure to further amplify the Charter of Health Freedom petition’s message.

NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT.

The natural health community is currently mesmerized by Health Canada’s siren song that all is well. All is not well. Health Canada has published both its plan and its timetable. Health Canada is moving ahead with its plan and its timetable. Now is the time to act. Who will you be in 2019?