Canada Health Canada acts to boost supply of hand sanitizer, disinfectants, swabs, masks

04:31  19 march  2020
04:31  19 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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OTTAWA — Health Canada is waiving some of its usual regulatory requirements to increase supplies of hand sanitizers, disinfectants, swabs and personal protective equipment such as masks and gowns used to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Due to "unprecedented demand" for such products, Health Canada says it will temporarily allow them to be sold in this country even if they don't meet the normal regulatory requirements.

The temporary waiver will apply to products that are already authorized for sale in Canada but aren't fully compliant with Health Canada regulations on things such as bilingual labelling or the type of packaging to be used.

It will also apply to products not authorized for sale in Canada but which are approved in other jurisdictions with what the department calls "similar regulatory frameworks and quality assurances."

Health Canada says it's also expediting approvals of products and will expedite approvals of applications for licences to sell the products in Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 18, 2020.

The Canadian Press

COMMENTARY: Empty shelves send dangerous signal amid coronavirus crisis .
What will help assure the public is not more announcements about the safety of our supply chains, says Darrell Bricker, but smarter behaviours from retailers. This includes online resellers. Now is the time to put in place some subtle rationing initiatives.There’s no need to make a big deal about it, which could create additional panic. Just do what most retailers commonly do for a sale: limit the number of items available to each customer. We are used to policies like this, so it’s not out of the ordinary. For online resellers, keep a closer eye on what’s being sold on your site and quickly eliminate the predators.

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