Natural Health Products

Gilbert's LLP assists manufacturers, importers and distributors with a range of natural products. These products are closely regulated by Health Canada in Canada and the Food and Drug Administration in the United States. They include:

  • Vitamins
  • Cosmetics
  • Nutraceuticals such as dietary supplements, herbal products, and processed foods and beverages
  • Medical marijuana

Gilbert's LLP has a strong team of experienced regulatory lawyers to help our clients navigate the complex regulations controlling the manufacturing and marketing of these products in Canada and the U.S. Many of our lawyers and patent agents have training in the sciences, and are familiar with the needs of the natural health industry, domestically and internationally.

Regulating Mother Nature

Growing, processing, transporting, distributing and selling food and natural health products all require extensive interactions with regulatory agencies. This includes control over the safety of the products and the health claims made about their effects.

Regulation varies from one jurisdiction to another and can depend on the marketing you choose for your product. Although some of the challenges faced are specific to one market, many of our clients face similar hurdles as they market their products worldwide. Our lawyers and patent specialists can help you develop global regulatory and distribution strategies.

Our life sciences lawyers can help with:

  • Regulatory needs such as compliance with standards regarding approval of new products, advertising compliance, marketing, labelling and importing, and product recalls
  • Intellectual property protection, including obtaining and enforcing trademarks, trade dress and trade secrets, patents, licensing, brand promotion and protection
  • Corporate Commercial matters, including sales agreements, distribution and franchising, negotiating and enforcing leases and purchases, arranging financing, and guiding you through the process of importing foods into Canada
  • Litigation for product liability, alleged violations of regulations, including misleading labelling and advertising, and patent and trademark infringement
  • Lobbying and other advocacy before the Canadian and U.S. regulatory agencies

Contact Gilbert's LLP

Call us at 416-703-1100, or send us an email to find out how we can help you bring your natural health products to Canadian consumers or expand your business outside of Canada. Our Toronto-based firm serves clients throughout the country, as well as multinational firms with operations in Canada.