SWI for Health Canada

Canadian Border Services Agency has implemented its Single Window Initiative (SWI) for Health Canada, which controls the importation of natural health products and radiation emitting devices.

For consumer goods (such as toys, seats, strollers, kettles, candles, lighters, glass doors and enclosures, cribs, sleepwear, and jewelry) Health Canada only needs the following items to make a decision on an import:

  • Intended use: Data required before a decision can be made. It is used to determine if the product meets the definition of Consumer Product or Cosmetic under the CCPSA or the FDA, respectively.
  • The commodity type: Data required before a decision can be made. It is used to determine if the product meets the definition of Consumer Product or Cosmetic under the CCPSA or the FDA, respectively.

As optional submissions for making a decision on importation, importer can submit the following: importer’s general telephone number, email, contact name, telephone number; LPCO (Licence, Permit, Certificate and Other) type/authorization type; LPCO number; manufacturer name and address; manufacturer contact name; manufacturer contact telephone number; manufacturer contact email address; GTIN (Global Trade Item Number) number; brand name; product name; manufacture date; batch/lot number; and unit size and unit of measure.

For natural health products, Health Canada needs to have the following documentation:

  • Importer contact name, telephone number, and email address: PGAs to contact the importer for IID clarification.
  • LPCO type/authorization type: Importer must ensure that the product meets the appropriate licensing type to be imported.
  • LPCO number: Importer must ensure that the product has a valid licensing number demonstrating its authorization for sale/use in Canada as applicable (DIN, No Objection Letter, etc.).
  • Intended use: The Intended Use, declared by the broker/importer, will impact the LPCO Type and LPCO Reference Number.
  • Commodity type: The Commodity type, declared by the broker/importer, will impact the LPCO Type and LPCO Reference Number.
  • Brand name: Brand name is required to be on the product label.
  • Manufacture date: Manufacture date is required to be on the product label. This information will allow for timely recall of goods imported into Canada.
  • Batch/lot number: Batch/lot number is required to be on the product label. This information will allow for timely recall postings by having knowledge of the batches/lots imported into Canada.
  • LPCO type/authorization type: Importer must ensure that the product meets the appropriate licensing type to be imported.
  • LPCO number: Importer must ensure that the product has a valid licensing number demonstrating its authorization for sale/use in Canada as applicable (DIN, No Objection Letter, etc.).

Optional information needed by Health Canada for natural health products is the GTIN Number

For radiation emitting devices such as microwaves, UV/IR lamps, and light emitting diodes, Health Canada needs the following documentation:

  • Importer contact name, telephone number, and email address: PGAs to contact the importer for IID clarification.
  • LPCO type: Importer must ensure that the product meets the appropriate licensing type to be imported.
  • LPCO number: Importer must ensure that the product has a valid licensing number demonstrating its authorization for sale/use in Canada as applicable (DIN, No Objection Letter, etc.)
  • Model designation: Necessary for identifying radiation emitting device class or product.
  • Commodity type: The Canadian Product Category, declared by the broker/importer, will impact the LPCO Type and LPCO Reference Number required.
  • LPCO type: Importer must ensure that the product meets the appropriate licensing type to be imported.

Optional items need for radiation emitting devices are the FDA product code and the LPCO number.

For more Health Canada SWI requirements for other shipments visit CBSA.

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