January 2015

2015

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Another year has come and gone, but one thing is for certain- change is a given. The domestic and international legislative and regulatory environments are in constant flux However as we start the New Year one thing we should remember is that with change comes opportunity.

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Amendments to the Food & Drugs Act a few years ago were intended to streamline regulatory processes, increase government-stakeholder transparency and facilitate innovation in the marketplace. Specific changes have made Temporary Marketing Authorizations an every-day occurrence and changes to permitted food additive uses a much quicker process.

Opportunities

Obtaining a Temporary Marketing Authorization Letter (TMAL) is one way to get that non-compliant food product to market without the significant costs of reformulation. Although not every product will qualify for a Temporary Marketing Authorization it is worth looking into as it is one way to differentiate your products from others on the shelf.

Differences in food additive uses between Canada and its trading partners have often caused product rejections at the border. Recent changes have decreased the time to get new approved additives and /or uses enshrined in regulation. Although the scientific review process remains just as rigorous, the timelines to get the new approved additive and/or use listed have been shortened drastically as a regulatory amendment is no longer required; rather a relatively simple process of updating the “Food Additive Lists” is all that is required.

Now is the time to meet with your ingredient suppliers, product development specialists, sales and marketing team and outside consultants with hands on experience to determine whether you can streamline your business activities by requesting changes to the “Food Additive Lists” and/or applying for a Temporary Marketing Authorization.

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Industry has long struggled with inconsistencies, outdated standards and varying interpretations of food labelling requirements. The government has acted on these concerns and since the spring of 2013 has been consulting with stakeholders via their Food Labelling Modernization Initiative. Labelling changes are on the horizon. For example, “gluten-free” claims may soon be permitted for products that contain uncontaminated oats; a position consistent with that of the United States and other of Canada’s trading partners.

Opportunities

If you are interested in making gluten-free claims, now is the time to review your formulation. Changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel are also on the horizon. Be sure you have the capacity to deal with impending changes. For example, know the nutritional content of your products and keep an eye on your labelling stock. Be one step ahead of your competition.

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Industry has long struggled with inconsistencies, outdated standards and varying interpretations of food labelling requirements. The government has acted on these concerns and since the spring of 2013 has been consulting with stakeholders via their Food Labelling Modernization Initiative. Labelling changes are on the horizon. For example, “gluten-free” claims may soon be permitted for products that contain uncontaminated oats; a position consistent with that of the United States and other of Canada’s trading partners.

Opportunities

If you are interested in making gluten-free claims, now is the time to review your formulation. Changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel are also on the horizon. Be sure you have the capacity to deal with impending changes. For example, know the nutritional content of your products and keep an eye on your labelling stock. Be one step ahead of your competition.

From product concept to the retail shelf we can get you there efficiently, compliantly and cost effectively. Whatever your product (food, drug, NHP, cosmetic, medical device, consumer products), whatever your needs (formulation, labelling, TMA, submissions, licensing, clinical trials, importation, distribution, translation) Source Nutraceutical is here to help you.

Contact us today (regulatory@sourcenutra.ca) to let us show you how to make the regulations work for you.

DID YOU KNOW?

Global beauty and personal care launches specifically targeting men have climbed 70 percent from 2007 to 2012, though there’s still lots of room to grow this category. Three trends that are shaping the category are 1) Being trend conscious, 2) Making personal care part of a healthy lifestyle, and 3) Making it simple and straightforward. http://newhope360.com/finished-products/three-trends-shaping-mens-personal-care

Whatever your regulatory, packaging and/or fulfillment needs are – contact Source Nutraceutical today to learn how we can help you achieve brand success and market penetration in 2014/2015 (info@sourcenutra.ca).

Source Nutraceutical, Inc. is your “one-stop-solution” for regulatory compliance, graphic design, mandatory bilingual (English & French translation) labeling and importation and fulfillment services for foods, natural health products, cosmetics, medical devices and pharmaceutical products in Canada. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get your products to market quickly, compliantly and cost effectively.

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