04 Jul New Cannabis Laws And Regulations Within Two Years. The Cannabis Products Directive.

The Cannabis Products Directive (CPD) is a framework for regulation and licensing of all cannabis and cannabinoid products. It is an initiative of the Cannabis Trades Association (CTA) developed in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

This week the CPD has been translated and submitted to all 28 member states of the EU by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA).

It is anticipated that with the sponsorship of two government agencies, the FSA and MHRA, the CPD will become UK law within the next two years and will relieve the Home Office of the burden of the cannabis regulation and licensing process, placing it in expert hands.

The CPD will establish an independent regulatory body covering all parts of the cannabis supply chain from seeds and genetics through to end products. Its first chief executive, Ms Fiona Pengilly, a highly experienced administrator, has already been appointed.

The structure of the CPD is based on the Tobacco Products Directive, successful EU legislation which came into force on 19 May 2014 and became applicable in the EU Member States on 20 May 2016. The plan to implement the CPD into legislation is based on the similar path taken with gas regulation by CORGI which become the Gas Safe Register, part of the Health and Safety Executive.

The CPD consists of five parts:

Part 1. Food supplements and edibles

Part 2. Vapes and inhaled products

Part 3. Topicals, balms and cosmetics

Part 4. Cannabis for medical use

Part 5. Grow at home

CTA members who sell CBD and hemp products are already working in accordance with parts 1 – 3. Parts 4 and 5 will be introduced in accordance with legislation.

Growers, producers, manufacturers and sellers will all have to be registered as will each individual product. Approved laboratories will conduct testing and all registrants will be subject to regular inspection.

Each product will have a Cannabis Product Information File (CPIF) and an assigned ‘Responsible Person’ who will ensure that the product remains compliant and updates the CPIF.

Consumers will know that products have been produced and tested in accordance with regulations and will be assured of quality and safety.

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  • Wendy Goodwin

    The problem is that “Joe Bloggs” knows nothing about cannabis. They think medicinal cannabis is different from recreational cannabis. They believe the Government’s lies from people who do not know about the Endocannabinoid System(ECS)! We all know a liitle as we are reading this. I do my bit,as an ex-tacher I educate any person I can. I have only met two people who knew one was a mum with a poorly child and another one who worked KC Stadium, Hull. Looking at what is the future of cannabis growing in UK looks like lots of 45 acres of greenhouses throughout UK with certain members of Tory part benefitting! Just listening to Irish Government wanting Billy to go twice a day to Belfast Hospitl to get his medicine! I had bottles of morphine for my mum who had crones, that could have killed anyone in the house whereas all of Billy’s months supply couldn’t kill him. What is the Government doing? They just need the tax money to plug the NHS hole. They will legalize cannabis. I want it decricriminalised. The Durham Chief Constable has the right attitude let them get on with their job of catching real criminals not all the wasted money on a few individuals that don’t go around in a drunk state causing havoc just stay chilled at home discusing how to put the world to right and happen to have a few beautiful plant growing hidden away.

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  • Cannabis Seeds

    Where can we get a copy of the Cannabis Products Directive?

    • The CPD is still in the process of being drafted. The outline set out above is all the information available at present. A full draft will be circulated within CTA,FSA, MHRA late August/early September. Final draft due for public consultatiion in October.

    • Cannabis Seeds

      I am confused by your response. The article states “This week the CPD has been translated and submitted to all 28 member states of the EU by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA).”
      so it must have already being drafted?

      Also, who is representing Seed sellers on the CTA?

      • Fair point, that was not well explained. An outline has been translated and circulated at the specific request of the EFSA. This is part of the drafting process

      • There are no seed banks who are members of the CTA. I would support an application from one or more of the reputable companies but it is a difficult area for obvious reasons.

        It’s the same as with CLEAR. We decided a long time ago that although the sale of seeds is legal, it clearly encourages law breaking so we have never acceptee seed bank advertising despite being offered it over and over.

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