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Alternative and complementary healthcare includes a wide variety of services. Before opening your business, consider the types of services you will provide.
Some common alternative and complementary healthcare services are:
- Homeopathic medicine
- Massage Therapy
- Naturopathic medicine
- Natural health products (such as herbal remedies, and traditional medicine)
- Therapeutic Touch
This guide will give you an overview of the requirements for starting your business.
Some common licences, permits and regulations that may apply to starting your business include:
Food and drug regulations
Many alternative and complementary healthcare products, such as alternative medications and chiropractic devices, are regulated by Health Canada through the Food and Drugs Act. Learn more about how the Act may affect your business.
Contact Health Canada:
Some of the most common Health Canada regulations that may apply to your business include:
If your services include the use or sale of cosmetics products, including soaps, deodorants and creams, you need to be aware of requirements for manufacturing, labelling, distributing and selling these products.
If you will be producing and selling your own alternative cosmetic products, learn more about the ingredient labelling standards.
Natural health product regulations
Find out what is required to manufacture or sell natural health products, such as:
- Herbal remedies
- Homeopathic medicines
Natural and Non-prescription Health Products
Medical devices regulations
When you use medical devices in your business, make sure that they are authorized for use in Canada and meet Health Canada’s safety and quality regulations.
Health product advertising
You may only advertise drug and health products that have been approved for sale in Canada and your advertisement must be approved.
Regulatory requirements for advertising
Infection prevention and control
If you will be providing personal services, contact Public Health Ontario for resources on preventing infection.
Certification and training
You may need formal certification and training to provide alternative and complementary healthcare services. Make sure that you are aware of the requirements that apply to the type of services you plan to offer.
Some alternative healthcare professionals are licensed or registered with a sector-specific college. For information on certification and training, contact the appropriate association for details.
You can find a list of regulatory bodies for the health sector on the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care website.
Industry specific information
- Health Canada guidance documents
- Next steps on the self-care products initiative
- Illegal marketing of drugs and devices
- MedEffet Canada
- Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
- Organic products
- COVID-19 Disinfectants, sanitizers, cleaners and soaps