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Our in-house team of experts share research and insight into issues impacting CBD food products around the globe, including news from the EU, which has classified CBD products as a novel food.

The Future of CBD in Europe post novel food regulations

12th May 2021 - Presentations , Resources |

Tim Phillips, CBD-Intel’s managing director, recently presented at CBD Live during VOXPO – Virtual Online Vape & CBD Expo on 28th April 2021. In addition to an overview of the impact of Covid-19 on the retail environment, he provided a comparative analysis of the current Novel Food legislation in the UK and the US, as […]

A comparative analysis of state laws in the US

19th November 2020 - Presentations , Resources |

Berta Camps Bisbal, CBD-Intel’s senior legal analyst, presented a comparative analysis of state laws in the US at CBD Live during VOXPO – Virtual Online Vape & CBD Expo on 18th November. She presented an overview of the federal farm bill as well as CBD at the federal level versus state level. You can now […]

How is the novel food status of CBD progressing in Europe?

3rd July 2020 - Blog |

Several major developments have all happened at the same time for novel foods. Perhaps most importantly, one of the European Commission’s departments – the  Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety – has said it is holding sending any further non-synthetic CBD applications to the European Food Safety Authority for evaluation until it has determined whether CBD technically falls under the definition of a narcotic according to the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

The EU defines a novel food as a food that had not been consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU before 15 May 1997, when the first regulation on novel food came into force.

This means CBD products launched within the EU must confirm with the underlying principles: it must be safe and appropriately labelled so that it doesn’t mislead consumers.

Novel foods need to obtain pre-market authorisation before being launched on the market in the EU.

To further complicate matters, the UK has now left the EU, which CBD foods to be launched in the UK need to obtain authorisation from the UK’s Food Standards Authority (FSA).

Stay on top of the complex and ever-changing regulatory landscape with our regular updates.