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Trade Group Petitions FDA to Allow CBD Supplements

  • In the wake of rapidly increasing sales, FDA has continued to maintain that dietary supplements containing hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) are illegal under the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. FDA officials have previously stated that the agency is exploring additional regulatory pathways available to hemp products containing CBD, but predicted that completing a potential rulemaking proceeding could span 3 to 5 years even under the best of circumstances.

  • Amidst Congressional pressure for FDA to act quickly in establishing a regulatory framework for CBD and outside efforts urging Congress to pass legislation that would make CBD derived from hemp a legal dietary ingredient, the Consumer Healthcare Products Associated (CHPA) submitted a citizen petition to FDA requesting that the agency issue regulations to establish a clear pathway for the use of CBD in dietary supplement manufacturers. CHPA expressed a preference for an interim final rule as opposed to full notice and comment rulemaking but asked that if notice and comment rulemaking was used that FDA issue guidance or an enforcement discretion position at the same time.

  • Under CHPA’s proposal, FDA should require manufacturers of CBD-containing dietary supplements to submit a new dietary ingredient notification (NDIN) for CBD and comply with other applicable laws, including using appropriate labeling and claims, adhering to GMPs, and reporting serious adverse events. The petition notes that requiring NDINs would provide FDA with much-needed data on CBD that could help inform FDA’s broader regulatory framework for CBD products. CHPA’s petition is consistent with the approach that we believe FDA is considering as it evaluates whether CBD can be authorized for use in dietary supplements.

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