Natural and Health Products
I did my last Christmas Craft Fair last weekend, and I just wanted to touch on a few things.
These Christmas Gift and Hobby Shows are a great way to showcase your products and get out there and get known, but before you do this please make sure you comply to the rules and regulations in your area, city, and country.
It seems every year there are more and more people wanting to get out and sell their natural products, this is great but it’s so important to comply with the labeling laws and to be careful about claims you are making.
Claims on products
Here in Canada if you claim your product is going to cure something you best make sure all your ducks are in a row. Health Inspectors do show up at some of these events.
As an example – many crafters and skin care and soap makers make natural bug sprays. If you claim that your spray is a bug deterrent and you live in Canada – in order to sell that product a person has to do the required laboratory testing to legally sell bug spray – this can cost thousands of dollars. This is because this product is considered a pesticide – so there is a lot of red tape to get through to be able to sell a product like this.
Here is a link to what is required from Health Canada for pesticide testing – Health Canada Pesticide Testing
What is required when making Skin Care Products
First of all in Canada all skin care products MUST be registered with Health Canada regardless of what it is. This includes Soap. Here is a link to updated information from Health Canada on Cosmetic Health Care including any updates or requirement. Make sure to sign up for the updates if you are making your own skin care products and selling them.
Health products that have been authorized for sale by Health Canada will have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) or a Natural Product Number (NPN) on the label.
In the United States in most cases you are not required to get approval from the FDA to sell your own skin care products, that is most cases but not all – be sure to follow the FDA guidelines that can be found here FDA Cosmetic Resources please be sure to check and see what requirements must be met before selling your skin care products.
So skin care products such as soap and moisturizing creams all the would be required in Canada would be to register with Health Canada – you are required to register before selling any products and once approved will be given a NPN number.
If you have a natural product that does more – say helps to fight eczema or other skin conditions then you will require a DIN-NP number.
Be sure to check the Health Canada site and know what is required when making such claims.
I have seen so many people making skin care products and herbalists laying all kinds of claims on their products, some of them probably truly know what they are talking about, but very few are compliant.
As an example I had been looking for some Chaga at the markets, knowing it is a great tea for overall health. I found some…and was happy to have found it. I had a look as I know what Chaga looks like and was confident it was in fact the real thing. I was happy to have found it, bought it and when I got home was so surprised to see printed on the back “This tea is a treatment for cancer……now that’s opening up a can of worms.
Also, there are so many claims out there of skin creams curing all kinds of skin conditions – those would require a number from Health Canada for sure.
With more and more people making and selling products and shipping them in from other countries Health Canada is cracking down.
It is important to make sure you know what you are buying. If the product is legit and has been approved by Health Canada you will find a number and recommended dosages.
When you are selling products, Health Canada also has labeling requirements – it’s important to make sure you comply with these as well.
For more information on this go to Canadian Labeling Requirements
In the United States If a customer experiences any type of adverse reaction to your products and reports you to the FDA, then your products can be investigated, and if they are found to be a health concern they will be recalled.
You are not required to carry insurance, but if you have liability insurance it will cover any damages associated with any claims.
In Canada here is a sample of what kind of insurance you can carry.
- $2,000,000 in coverage for Products Liability and Commercial General Liability
- Cyber Liability coverage for Third Party damages due to a Privacy Breach. Example: Stolen credit card information
- $50,000 in contents coverage at premises listed on file
- Coverage extensions for property while temporarily away from premises (Farmers Market or Trade Show)
- Ability to add Additional Insured’s to meet market/exhibit insurance requirements
I hope you find this information helpful – for more info on labeling etc. Follow the links below
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