Drug Identification Number

Secure Drug Identification Number for your products.

What is DIN?

The Drug Identification Number (DIN) is a unique eight-digit number issued by Health Canada to identify prescription and over-the-counter drugs sold in Canada. It is a crucial regulatory requirement for pharmaceutical products.

Importance of DIN

Companies need a DIN to ensure compliance with Health Canada's regulations and to legally market their drugs in Canada. It assures North-American customers that the product has been authorized for sale and meets safety, quality, and efficacy standards.

Who needs a DIN?

Any enterprise involved in the production, importation, or distribution of drugs in Canada requires a DIN. This includes pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers.

Health Canada application fees for Drug Identification Number

The application process for obtaining a DIN involves certain fees, which may vary depending on the type an complexity of the drug being submitted for approval.


Fee Amount in 2023-2024
(CAD $)

New active substance


Clinical or non-clinical data and chemistry and manufacturing data


Clinical or non-clinical data only


Comparative studies


Chemistry and manufacturing data only


Clinical or non-clinical data only, in support of safety upgrades to the labelling


Labelling only


Labelling only (generic drugs)


Administrative submission


Disinfectant - Full review


Labelling only (disinfectants)


Drug identification number application - Labelling standards


Detailed information about the application fees can be obtained from the website: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/

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