Katrina Coughlin is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. Her practice is focused primarily on regulatory and commercial law related to foods, drugs, natural health products, medical devices, cosmetics, consumer products, animal feeds and other agricultural products.
Drawing on her prior experience working at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Katrina assists clients interacting with Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), AAFC, Competition Bureau and Environment Canada, as well as provincial and territorial regulators.
She has broad experience working with companies on product commercialization issues, including: product classification, regulatory licensing and approvals, formulation and ingredient reviews, packaging and labelling, advertising and regulatory enforcement matters such as recalls. Her practice also includes regulatory compliance and commercial issues that relate to multi-level marketing, direct selling and consumer protection.
In her regulatory practice, Katrina assists clients with responses to Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs), including notices of violation (NOV) with warnings and financial penalties issued by the CFIA.
She is co-editor of the firm's Food, NHP and Cosmetics newsletter, and also operates a cow-calf farming business with her husband, providing her with unique industry insight.