The NHPPA’s Mission Statement
The Natural Health Products Protection Association is federally incorporated as a non-profit organization with the sole object of:
Protecting access to Natural Health Products and Dietary Supplements.
By limiting its purpose to protecting access to Natural Health Products and Dietary Supplements, the NHPPA will focus on identifying and responding to threats facing the Natural Health Product and Dietary Supplement industry. In essence, the NHPPA will act as an industry watchdog.
The Charter of Health Freedom
The Charter of Health Freedom is proposed legislation that gives Natural Health Products and Traditional Medicines their own Act.
The Charter protects our access to Natural Health Products and Traditional Medicines by creating separate legal category for them. Rather than being deemed as dangerous drugs under the Food and Drugs Act, under the Charter Natural Health Products and Traditional Medicines are deemed to be safe, as they are in the United States
The Charter of Health Freedom offers an appropriate, healthy, beneficial, safe and well-rooted change for regulating the natural health community. Canadians are protected by permitting unsafe products to be removed while at the same time ensuring that safe and effective treatments remain available.
How I fit in
I’ve been working with the NHPPA and The Charter of Health Freedom as their IT guy and Web Designer since 2009. My job is to keep things running securely and because we are a non-profit organization, I must keep things running with cost in mind. The NHPPA site is of basic WordPress blog design that I inherited and keep running with add-ons, plugins and regular maintenance. The COHF site is Zoomla, like WordPress it is a Content Management System, but much more complex than WordPress. Our various team members work remotely and thus need support through remote control. That’s no problem and allows me to work when they’re not online working themselves.
The Need for the NHPPA
The purpose of the NHPPA will be to provide expertise in identifying threats to the natural health product industry, and through multi-lateral discussion arriving at solutions to address those threats. In providing legal, political and strategic expertise on threats to the industry, the NHPPA hopes to be an asset to both individual stakeholders in the industry, as well as to existing organizations.
The need for an industry watchdog like the NHPPA was recently demonstrated with the release of Bill C-51 on April 8, 2008. The NHPPA released a Discussion Paper the following day which has alerted stakeholders to the threats posed by the Bill. The NHPPA has provided a leadership role in educating stakeholders on the issues presented by the Bill.
The NHPPA has also played a leading role in identifying the issues in Bill C-52, the Consumer Protection Act.