|Regulations and Bills|
Armed And Dangerous
In the case of the bills recently proposed to tighten the regulations on the NHP industry;
For those who were savvy to the politics, the introduction of Bill C-51 sent shockwaves around the country. It should have never happened. The natural health community had won the right to direct regulations fitting the industry ten years prior. C-51’s framework set out to restrict the natural health community from continuing “business as usual”.
Bill C52, its reincarnation as Bill C6 and then again as Bill C36 have shown that the bill after bill will be tabled , despite repeated public outcries, until we have a permanent solution.
Until we change the root of the problem the “spirit” of bills like 2008’s Bill C-51 is alive and well.
Easy Act To Follow
This website features a proactive solution to the industry’s rising tension about livelihoods and lives.
The Charter of Health Freedom calls for the creation of a new ministry, the Ministry of Wellness.
This is our own natural health products Act. It is drafted by constitutional lawyer Shawn Buckley and his national advisory team. It protects appropriately, honours ancestral and ancient medicines, is honest, relevant, healthy, strong in its simplicity and strictly Canadian.
Just like the Tobacco Act, Seeds Act, Canada Grain Act or Canada Water Act, the Charter calls for a comprehensive re-framing of natural health product regulations. Complete with an Ombudsman; regular public consults; representation of all modern and cultural natural medicines; employees, inspectors and a Minister educated in natural health; regulations that match natural health products, manufacturers (large and small), retailers and health practices it governs; the Charter of Health Freedom can be a permanent safeguard to what we know is a profound and growing wellness community.
Laws that govern the lives of people should be understood by the people. The Ministry of Wellness will clearly define the new natural health product laws so they are understood by all. The Ministry of Wellness will be an oasis for the millions of Canadians using and relying on natural health products.
The Ministry of Wellness can be developed with Parliament to define the best way to fit it into Canada’s current legislature.
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Remember that what we want is a completely separate act or specific legislation.
One that sets the natural health industry absolutely and entirely apart from drugs. Which is where it is to this day. The creation of the Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) in 1999 was supposed to give us a 3rd and independent category, from which appropriate regulations would come.
This did not happen.
Natural health products are being treated as drugs… by being regulated like drugs.
The tightening we will continue to see comes from regulations set out for chemical pharmaceuticals assumed to be dangerous, since they are foreign molecular structures, not found in nature.