On June 6, 2008, proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations were made to require the inclusion of non-medicinal ingredients on non-prescription drug labels. This is the fourth time Health Canada has proposed an amendment to the Food and Drug Regulations to include non-medicinal ingredients on labels, the first time was in 1994. Interested parties have 75 days from the publication date to provide comments to Health Canada regarding the proposed amendments. Currently the inclusion of non-medicinal ingredients is required on Natural Health Product labels, a subset of non-prescription drugs. The proposed amendment would allow for "flavour" and "fragrance" to each be listed as an ingredient, which would include most flavour ingredients (excluding ingredients which provide a sweet flavour) or fragrance ingredients. It should be noted that many non-prescription drug labels include non-medicinal ingredients on a voluntary basis.
The full text of the proposed amendment can be found at: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2009/2009-06-06/html/reg3-eng.html.