The United Kingdom is set to remove CBD products from its market that will not have been validated by the food safety authorities.
UK’s Food Standards Agency set the deadline for compliance as of April 1, 2021, after which products without a valid Novel Food authorization will be taken off the shelves.
The upcoming changes to the lucrative United Kingdom’s CBD market have seen hundreds of companies racing to acquire validation before the grace period expires. The UK’s CBD market is home to hundreds of competing CBD firms and is estimated to surpass $500 million by 2025.
In an effort to regulate the CBD market, the FSA decided earlier this year to restrict the presence of unauthorized products from its shelves. The agency stipulated that vendors with CBD products on the market had until March 31 next year to apply for Novel Food authorization.
In 2019, regulators in the European Union resolved to put a pre-market novel food authorization on CBD products.
Under the European Commission rules, cannabidiol profiles belong to the “novel foods” category, which calls for safety studies and testing before selling. However, CBD brands have maintained widespread presence in retail stores and websites across Europe. UK is now the first country with a deadline for taking down unauthorized CBD products from its market.
Industry groups in the UK are advocating for compliance with the Novel Food authorization. Cannabis Trades Association, previously against Novel Food Regulation of non-synthetic and non-isolate CBD, is now encouraging members to observe FSA rules ahead of the deadline.
As the UK plans to roll out its CBD policy, uncertainty and confusion continue to cloud the application process. With the FSA dragging along its “validation” procedure, many companies are stuck in a race against time as the deadline approaches.