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The limit between the different categories of products is often blurred. Here are some examples:

  • Products that have a therapeutic claim or that contain certain ingredients not permitted are considered to be drugs, for example sunscreens.
  • Products containing natural therapeutic ingredients are considered natural health products, for example many toothpastes.
  • Items where ingestion is intentional and that do not have a therapeutic effect or claim are food products.
  • Insect repellent lotions and sprays are pesticides.
  • Products (such as creams, lotions, or shampoos) providing a therapeutic benefit to animals are veterinary drugs.

Many products can be «hybrids», containing one or many natural health and/or drug and/or food and/or cosmetic ingredients. A hybrid product may be subject to one or more of the Natural Health Products Regulations, Food and Drug Regulations, Cosmetics Regulations, or Medical Devices Regulations, depending on the ingredients, representation for use (primary purpose) and health claims of that product. The hybrid products, given their complexity and diversity of ingredients, are assessed differently from product categories listed below and analyzed on a case by case basis by Health Canada.

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