Health Canada released its long-awaited consultation paper on the regulation of self-care products in September offering Canadians a modernized, consistent, and consumer-focused framework for regulating everything from over-the-counter medications to natural health products (NHPs) and cosmetics. The existing regulation of this vast and growing array of self-care products is a patchwork of outdated definitions, inconsistent approaches, and administrative fixes that makes little sense to consumers, manufacturers, and government regulators. Take, for example, a commonly used product like toothpaste. Toothpastes
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