In the quality assurance process, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) ensure dietary supplements are consistently produced and controlled in a way to meet the standards of their intended use, encompassing all areas of production such as tests of raw materials, qualification of equipment, and continuous staff training and hygiene. Regulatory agencies are generally in charge of setting these guidelines as well as auditing that the company is continually implementing them. For supplement contract manufacturers in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enacts and monitors these GMP regulations and controls.
As one of the quality-leading dietary supplement manufacturers, we strive to not only follow the best practices but also put in the time and effort to maintain our GMP certification from the industry’s leading organizations. One of our most recent certifications comes from our neighbors north of the border.
What is Health Canada?
Health Canada is the federal department responsible for improving and maintaining the health of Canadian citizens, with the goal to become one of the countries with the healthiest people in the world. The department has set its focus to achieve this goal by:
- Relying on high-quality research
- Conducting ongoing interviews with the public to discuss long-term healthcare needs
- Providing information about disease prevention
- Encouraging Canadians to be more aware of their health
The department obtains, analyzes, and records all information on natural health products, parties involved, and activities and processes. They evaluate each product’s compliance to identify risks and possible complaints. Basically, if you’re planning on doing any sort of dietary supplement business in Canada, this is the certification you do not want to overlook.
With the growing popularity of eCommerce, you don’t want to risk losing a new, promising territory by not applying correctly or forgetting a step in the process. The biggest difference in getting your product to market between the U.S. and Canada is Canada requires pre-market approval while the U.S. does not require pre-market approval. Working with a certified manufacturer, like Paragon Laboratories, will help your product comply with Health Canada’s requirements, such as applying for a Natural Product Number.
For more assistance to expand your business, Paragon’s Health Canada certification ensures your products will comply with the country’s regulations as we only use the best raw materials to produce the highest quality dietary supplements. Learn more about our other certifications here.