The International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI) has recommended that European producers of CBD and hemp extract apply for novel food authorization from the EU for their products.

Novel food is defined as “food that was not used for human consumption to a significant degree within the Union before 15 May 1997, irrespective of the dates of accession of the Member States to the Union”, and falls under at least one of ten specified food categories detailed in EU regulations.

ICCI will do evaluations

ICCI said it plans evaluations of CBD and hemp food products that will be shared publicly. “This means that all the product information will be shared publicly and those without novel food authorization will become targets of inspections by national regulators, ICCI noted in the guidance.

No further regulatory changes are anticipated for novel foods at the EU level, according to ICCI.

The EU rules on novel foods date to November 2015, when the regulation was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. The regulation is intended to make the novel food authorization process more efficient while ensuring high standards of food safety for consumers. This Regulation came into force Jan. 1, 2018.

Purposes of the regulation

The main purposes of the regulation are:
To ensure human health and consumer interests are protected .
To optimize the function of the internal food market.
To review and update the 1997 novel foods legislation to include current technological and scientific developments in the food industry.

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