CBD Products - Safety Data & Novel Foods Application

  • All companies selling products containing CBD must be committed to applying for a novel foods application, to ensure safety and full legal compliance. We can help with the required application and safey data.
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CBD Products - Safety Data & Novel Foods Application

The FSA has accepted the classification by EFSA of CBD products and now expects all companies selling products containing CBD need to  commit to apply for a Novel Foods Application


As the hemp plant, which is the source of CBD, naturally removes contaminants from soil, water and air (phyto-remediation), commercially available CBD may also contain a variety of these harmful impurities. With the decision taken by the FSA (Food Standards Agency) to accept the new classification by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of CBD products as 'unauthorised novel foods', this means that all companies currently selling products containing CBD need to be committed to applying for a novel foods application. 

The CBD sector has witnessed a phenomenal increase in awareness in recent times, propelled by a surge in consumer interest. The CBD market is currently estimated to hit £750m in the UK this year and £1bn by 2025 with new products for pain relief to even anti-wrinkle applications, CBD has been linked to a myriad of benefits across multiple industries. This has led to something of a gold rush among innovative challenger brands. But for all its potential, the category faces a minefield of regulatory, scientific and supply chain hurdles.



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Mike Dickinson

Mike has experience in veterinary medicine and pesticide analysis with expertise in ion exchange chromatography. Mike leads metabolomics applications using high resolution mass spectrometry and has expertise in non-targeted analysis of food for safety and authenticity. Mike also coordinates cross programme safety and quality analysis for novel insect products.

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Adrian Charlton

Dr Adrian Charlton is a protein biochemist with over 20 years of experience in the field and approximately 50 peer reviewed publications. Adrain and his team undertake research using advanced analytical approaches such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and high-resolution mass spectrometry (HR-MS) to develop rapid and holistic testing methods for a range of food and feed chemicals.

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Andrew Plumb

Andrew holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and is a Chartered Chemist of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Scientist of the Science Council. He is responsible for the management and delivery of pesticide formulations analysis for chemical and physical properties. Andrew is the UK member of CIPAC (Collaborative International Pesticides Analytical Council), ESPAC (English Speaking Pesticides Analysis Advisory Committee) and EU Expert Working Group on Formulation Analysis.

Case Study with TTS Pharma

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CASE STUDY

Analytical testing work with TTS Pharma shows compliance

Fera undertook a series of in-depth analytical tests for TTS Pharma to ensure that their product fully complied with all regulatory requirements. Alongside the analysis of its own product, TTS Pharma commissioned a landscape study of 31 CBD products currently available on the UK high street.

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The biggest headache in 2020 for manufacturers working in CBD will be navigating a challenging regulatory environment. Unlike hemp – which is legal in the EU and other markets – the legal status of products containing CBD is becoming clearer. CBD now falls under the Novel Food regulation, meaning it requires pre-market authorisation. With the FSA accepting this new classification of Novel Foods stuff - approval will be required with full legal compliance and the necessary safety data needs to be generated. We can help with this - get in touch to discuss this further.

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 We offer a comprehensive range of high quality consulting services to the food industry developing and registering novel food stuffs. Access to senior scientists with experience in the industry and across all scientific disciplines. We understand the relevant legislative frameworks and are uniquely positioned to assist you and help you meet the regulatory requirements in whichever market you need to register your CBD product. Preparing a detailed and thorough dossier of evidence and data is essential for a hassle-free product approval. We can help to ensure that you provide all the necessary evidence, compliance data and risk assessments to satisfy the requirements of the regulatory authority.  Get in touch.

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Fera have developed an analytical method using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) instrumentation that can screen and quantify cannabinoids at low concentrations (parts per million) within a variety of CBD products. Applicable product types include CBD oil, cream, capsules, vape oil/juice and chewable sweets as well as hemp derived food products such as hemp oil, seeds and protein powder. Please contact us if you are unsure your product is applicable for our methodology.


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