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.