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New Rules for Natural Health Products?

As Bad Science Watch’s first project out of the gate this fall, we’re responding to a promising public consultation released by Health Canada on September 7th, 2016.

Since the inclusion of cosmetics and non-prescription medications (over-the-counter drugs) into the purview of the Non-prescription and Natural Health Product Directorate (NNHPD), there have been glaring issues with the casual way that natural health products (NHPs) have been approved, including homeopathy. In Consulting Canadians on the Regulation of Self-Care Products in Canada, an entirely new framework for the approval of self-care products was released.

This update is something that we’ve been working towards since our inception in 2012 and the release of the Health Canada guideline, Pathway to Licensing for Natural Health Products. While this new framework is a big step in the right direction, we have to let Health Canada know of both their successes and failures on this front. Bad Science Watch is preparing a response that we will make public before the October 24th, 2016 deadline, but we need your help to ensure our message gets through to Health Canada.

This consultation is open to the public and those opposed to new regulations, like the Canadian Health Food Association, are going to rally their considerable forces to oppose fundamentally necessary ideas such as mandatory recalls and science-based approaches to claim evaluation.

With pressure from manufacturer-led lobby groups NHPs were left out of Vanessa's Law in 2014 - a glaring omission that left NHPs as the only commercial product class in Canada that the government cannot order a mandatory recall on. We can’t let those opposed to science put consumers in danger again especially with the dangerous findings of adulteration, substitution and contamination in these products. The public needs the protection of these powers to keep shoddy and dangerous NHPs off the shelves.

It is vital that you visit Health Canada’s website today to add your voice to the consultation. We will need reasoned voices to counter the fallacy and fantasy of the "health freedom" movement, and keep the makers and sellers of these products accountable to Canadian consumers. 

Volunteer Profile: Justina Mak

Justina joined us this summer when we came off of hiatus and currently works as a volunteer on the NNHPD Consultation team. Her background consists of a BSc, MMedSc, and a lot of lab work! Currently, Justina works for an international non-profit organization. 

Why did you join Bad Science Watch?

I joined Bad Science Watch because of my passion for science. I miss reading reviews and articles since I don’t get the chance to do that everyday anymore. A friend of mine, who has been volunteering with Bad Science Watch for some time, suggested that I look into joining the organization – and here I am! 

What do you find most rewarding about your work with us?

I just started on my first project with Bad Science Watch. So far, I’ve been able to collaborate with the other phenomenal volunteers on the NNHPD committee and I am excited to see the final product after the contributions of so many talented people. 

How do you think your work will impact Canadians?

I’m hoping to encourage more Canadians to make well-educated decisions about their own health and wellness by using evidence-based science. We are looking to engage a larger audience with social media in order to bring more awareness to the potential dangers of pseudo-science. 

French Translation Project

In an important step forward, we are preparing for a full French translation of our website and newsletters in the coming year. This project will allow us reach out to our colleagues and friends in Quebec and Francophone communities across Canada - but we need your help to finish it.

By donating to Bad Science Watch, you will help us reach our funding goal to complete the translation project. Once done, our site will be accessible by all Canadians, giving us the ability to attract volunteers in new communities and furthering our goal of tackling bad science – everywhere in Canada.

Welcome to our new board members!

At this fall's annual general meeting, the members of Bad Science Watch elected a new board of directors. Michael Kruse is stepping down as chair to focus on his work as our executive director.

Long-time board member Gem Newman takes the reigns as chair and three new members were elected: Jonathan Paynter, who is also our volunteer coordinator accepted the role of secretary, and Kimberly Hebert joined Anthony Gavin as new members-at-large.

For complete bios see our board of directors page.


Help Support Science Advocacy

As we continue to ramp up our activity, Bad Science Watch relies on fundraising to push us forward and take on efforts such as the NNHPD consultations. Our generous donors have already allowed us to expand our message, but we need to keep up the momentum if we want to have the impact needed to stop bad science from taking hold.

New outreach tools, such as the French translation project, "Write Your MP" programs, and the expansion of our social media presence will help tremendously in our efforts - but to obtain these tools, we need your support.

Please consider helping Bad Science Watch by clicking here. We are suggesting donations of $50-100 once or $10-25 per month.

The Canadian Science Policy Conference will take place November 8 - 10 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. CSPC 2016 features 30 sessions relating to the five conference themes and over 80 confirmed speakers. Bad Science Watch will be there as well to help shape Canada's science policy.

Register for CSPC 2016 by October 7th to receive the Early Bird rates:

  • Save up to 25% off the student rate.
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  • Other attendees save 14% off the regular price.

After October 7th, conference registration will be regular price only.
Don’t delay, register today to secure your spot!

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