Health Canada and PRP Procedures:

Some PRP Procedures for Hair Loss Still Okay in Canada

It’s been a busy last two months as Health Canada cracks down on clinics offering unproven stem cell treatments. This unfortunately has lead to a great deal of confusion and we’ve received many emails and calls too.

I was happy to see Friday that Health Canada clarified position on platelet rich plasma treatment stating they are "not the same as cell therapies and, as a result, are not subject to Health Canada’s Policy Position Paper on Autologous Cell Therapy Products."

Health Canada Gives Canadian Physicians Green Light To Purse PRP

What’s not allowed?

I think it’s important for the public to be aware that not all PRP is allowed in Canada. For example, PRP with adipose derived stem cells is still banned - and no physician in Canada may perform liposuction to obtain stem cells and add these two the PRP for treatment of hair loss. Also, many other ‘stem cell’ sounding treatments for hair loss may be banned to. The public should check with Health Canada is any uncertainty exists. The goal of the Health Canada crackdown is to halt unproven therapies.


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887



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