On July 13th , 2020, Canada’s Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) announced the retraction of the interim measures for alcohol-based hand sanitizer regulations and standards. We previously reported on these interim measures which allowed the process of obtaining a product and site license for alcohol-based hand sanitizers at an expedited timeline. 

Since March, Health Canada has continuously analyzed and predicted the quantity of hand sanitizer and has determined that there is currently a sufficient domestic production capacity to meet the demand for the next 12 months. Along with the addition of the new web platform for electronic validation for Class 1 NHP applications from the NNHPD, the NNHPD decided to end the interim measures. 

All licenses that were distributed during this time of interim standards are still valid and no action is required for now. Otherwise, all regulations, standards, and timelines are to return to normal; a good sign of a hopeful future. 

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