67 CBD food safety applicants are in limbo after the UK ‘s food safety authorities confirmed that just 250 applications are being actively reviewed. In April’s last reported figures, the Food Safety Agency (FSA) had said 317 applications were under consideration. Sofar, over 800 applications have been made to the FSA.
One thing the FSA is yet to confirm is how the 67 applications are missing from the 317 reported in April. This can be explained in several ways; withdrawal, total disqualification or problems that the FSA identified thus sending them back for rectification.
In a bid to transform the UK’s CBD market, sellers in the gray zone were asked to apply for new (or “novel”) CBD foods licence from the FSA. The deadline for this exercise was February 13th 2020.
From the more than 800 applicants, an approximated 500 are still yet to begin the process and are regarded as to be in progress according to the FSA. The 250 under active consideration are those that have gone through and passed the initial approval stages.
The FSA has also confirmed that going forward it will not be distributing a list or explanations for disqualifying products. Initially, it had indicated that it was going to. Instead, the regulatory body will announce monthly figures for total applicants and applications under active review.
In a sharp contrast to the European Union’s CBD laws, the UK’s FSA subjects CBD containing products to novel food safety standards. These standards are to be met before the products cab hit the market.
Some stakeholders are crying foul of the end of JUne deadline for considering the more than 800 applications. Greer Deal, a novel food applicants advisor at consultancy Global Regulatory Services said that it is unfair for the companies that have already spent thousands of pounds in adherence to the FSA ‘s guidelines.