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CHP Canada Meets with Health Minister’s Office

CHP Canada President Karen Proud and Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs Gerry Harrington met last week with Kathryn Nowers, Policy Advisor to Health Minister Jane Philpott.

The discussion focused on the forthcoming Consumer Health Product Framework (the Framework) consultation. We expressed strong support for the principles of the Framework, as outlined by Health Canada officials at the June 29th “listening session.” We pledged to play an active role in the consultation, both in working with departmental officials to further develop the details of the Framework and in broadly communicating the association’s support for the principles underlying it.

There was also an extensive discussion around the unique opportunity to solve the long-standing drug scheduling issue as the Framework is finalized and implemented. We updated Ms. Nowers on the discussions held at the provincial level around the need to integrate the drug scheduling process with the federal drug approval process.

Ms. Nowers acknowledged the growing support for this approach and asked us to keep the minister advised of these ongoing discussions and the feedback received.