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BC: Regulations governing aromatherapy bends

By Patricia Pogue, R.A. E0T |

Wendy asked:

Where can I find the information I need regarding the regulations/what I need to do in order to make and sell aromatherapy blends to the public? I am in British Columbia.

Patricia Pogue, R.A. E0T answered:

To answer your question CanadaOne spoke with Patricia Pogue. Patricia is the president and registrar for the BC Alliance of Aromatherapy, whose mandate is to support and help other practitioners. BCAOA meets regularly and offers several recognized aromatherapy courses.

Patricia explained that there are several regulations and requirements you would need to comply with before you make and sell aromatherapy blends to the public.

She says the first step is to get licensed as a Registered Aromatherapist (RA) /Essential Oil Therapist (EOT), if you have not done this already. Even if you find yourself in a situation where this is not required, there are benefits to being registered.

You will need to check with your municipality about getting a license, as some will request that you have a Registered Aromatherapist designation.

You will also need insurance, and while it may not be required for you to be licensed to get coverage, you will get a better rate if you are licensed.

When selling products you will need a Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) for each product you sell. Product licensing is regulated by Health Canada and they have an excellent fact sheet that outlines the basic requirements, including labeling considerations.

Patricia explained that creating and selling blends can be a complex process, with many nuances. For example, if you want to claim that your blends are made up of a certain percentage of essential oils, you will need to have a scientific analysis done on your products.

Joining an association like BCAOA is a good first step towards getting the in-depth information and support you will need to start your aromatherapy oil manufacturing business.

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