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CBD Novel Food Regulation

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Creating a successful CBD consumer brand and loyal customer base in the United Kingdon (UK) or European Union (EU) requires high-quality products that are compliant with the Novel Food Regulation. 

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What is the CBD Novel Food Regulation?

The growing trend for natural health remedies coupled with increased awareness of the medicinal benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) is driving rapid market growth in consumer CBD products such as oils, tinctures, and gummies. 

In 2019, the Novel Food Regulation was designated a suitable regulatory pathway for the portion of CBD products defined as food in the UK and EU. 

The novel food application process consists of three parts

Part 1: Administrative Data

Part 2: Characterization of the novel food, technical and scientific data

Part 3: Annexes to the Dossier

Part 1: Administrative Data

Requires administrative data, such as information relating to the applicant.

CBD Products Requiring Novel Food Authorization

The European Commission and UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) have classified CBD food and food supplements as requiring Novel Food Marketing Authorization.  This includes:

  • Beverages
  • Cakes, cookies, and other baked products
  • Chocolate, candy, and confectionary
  • Gummies and capsules
  • Oils
  • Drops and tinctures
  • Tea and coffee products
  • Dietary supplements
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Other CBD Consumer Products

There are several CBD product categories that sit outside the Novel Food Regulation. However, as CBD regulation is continually evolving it is important to have access to the most up-to-date regulatory information and expertise before making product development and market introduction decisions. 

CBD Vape Products

CBD Pouches

CBD Cosmetics

Cold-Pressed CBD Products

CBD Vape Products

CBD vaping products have no required regulatory compliance, but CBD vapes are still required to abide by legal levels of any controlled substances such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and should not make any medical claims.

It has been suggested that these products may be assessed as part of the third iteration of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). However, this has yet to be confirmed, and currently, these products are outside the scope of the Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) legislation.

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