NPN Status


St. Francis Herb Farm® 

has NPNs for
over 161 of our products



As most consumers of such products in Canada are aware, all natural health products sold in this country are subject to the regulatory apparatus that was established on January 1, 2004 and administered by the Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD). Its intention is to ensure that the products being offered for sale to Canadians are not only safe and effective, but follow high standards of quality as well.

As a result, we are moving towards a system where every natural health product that is offered for sale must have a Natural Product Number (NPN), which authenticates its safety and effectiveness. Obtaining an NPN is a rigorous and painstaking enterprise, and we are proud of our ongoing success in this area. Thus far, St. Francis Herb Farm® has over 161 NPNs in its repertoire of products with many more in the works.

Note that Health Canada has proposed the following timeline for implementing enforcement of these regulations as follows:

  • March 1, 2013: Phasing out of non-market authorized products begins
  • December 1, 2013: Manufacturers/Packagers/Labelers should only distribute Natural Health Products (NHP) that have market authorization; all imported NHPs should have market authorization; phasing out of non-market authorized products continues.
  • September 1, 2014: Distributors/Retailers should no longer sell NHPs that do not have market authorization.

The NHPD regulations cover every aspect of the creation and marketing of a product, including its manufacture, testing for identity and contaminants, packaging, labeling, storage, import standards, distribution, and sale. As a formal assurance that a company is following the proper procedures in all these areas, NHPD issues what are called Site Licenses. The issuance of these Site Licenses requires compliance with what are called Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) criteria, which lay down further conditions for product safety and quality, encompassing personnel, premises, equipment, sanitation, lot and batch samples, recall procedures, and distribution records.

St. Francis Herb Farm®

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