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Helping businesses prepare for CBD food novel regulations in the UK



As of 13th February 2020, manufacturers are required to submit a CBD novel food application in the UK prior to sale. The CBD foods and food supplements already on the market shall require a validated application by 31st March 2021.


We offer a number of services to help manufacturers prepare and submit a novel food application for a CBD product. Please note that if you are a finished product-only manufacturer or marketing-only company and not the CBD raw material manufacturer it may be difficult to make a novel food application.


Read on to learn more.

What is a CBD Novel Food Application?


A CBD Novel Food Application is a term used to describe the process by which manufacturers can market CBD foods in the EU.


Under EU Regulation 2015/2283, and subsequent legislation, manufacturers and importers of CBD may be required to submit an application to the European Commission as part of a premarket authorisation process.


What does it involve?


Novel food regulations require manufacturers to submit manufacturing and product information to the European Commission for review and approval.


It is important to note that while the UK is no longer a member of the EU the Food Standards Agency still requires a novel food application for CBD products on the UK market.


Read the latest from the FSA in our blog post here.


The CBD Novel Food Application process


Timeframe from preparation to approval: approx 24 months
Cost: £30K – £80K


IMPORTANT: The timeframe depends on a number of factors including quality of dossier and the scope of submission e.g. intended uses. The wider the scope, the higher the cost.


Outline of the novel food application process:


Stage 1
Data Gathering
Gather analytical lab data, safety and exposure data, manufacturing process, composition, purity, intended use information.
Duration: 6 months approx


Stage 2
Complete application form (online portal)
Duration: 2/3 days


Stage 3
Evaluation by EFSA
EFSA evaluate submitted information
Duration: 9 months


Stage 4
Questions from EFSA
Receive questions by EFSA. Company prepares response to questions.
Duration: Depends on number and nature of questions and company response time.


When EFSA are satisfied the application is deemed complete the product details are uploaded to Union list of permitted novel foods and the CBD novel food can be marketed in the EU.
Duration: 3-6 months


How we can help


Whether you manufacture raw CBD extract for CBD oils, CBD infused drinks or CBD food we can help you to prepare and submit a CBD novel food application.


Request a quote


In order to provide a quote for a CBD novel food application we require some information about you and your product.


Please read the information below and use the contact form to send an enquiry. Please note that we can only provide a quote if you are the raw material manufacturer (CBD extract). Unfortunately, we cannot provide quotes if you are marketing-only company or finished product-only manufacturer. More information is provided below.


About the quote process


A CBD novel food application requires confidential information about how the CBD raw material is manufactured. Some of this confidential manufacturing information is also required to provide an accurate quote. This means that if you do not have access to this information (e.g. you are a marketing/branding-only company or finished product-only manufacturers) we cannot offer an accurate quote.


To take it to the next step and formalise a quote the following information shall be required:


  • Strain and variety of the Cannabis raw material
  • Source country
  • Outline of the Manufacturing process, Quality control measures, extraction method, Product Specification


Note: The Quality Manager of the manufacturer would be the best person to complete this stage of the quote process.


Finished product-only manufacturers and Marketing-only companies


We recommend that you request information on the novel food application status and type of application from your CBD raw material manufacturers. If they have not made an application yet, we advise that you source a manufacturer that has already done so.