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The ACI is committed to the development of a legal, safe and regulated cannabinoid market. A fundamental aspect of achieving this is ensuring that consumers have confidence in our products.

The key benchmarks for this are how many people express confidence in the efficacy of our products, and how many would be more likely to do so if there was better regulation.

In that context, the findings from our YouGov survey* are truly illuminating: they are a vindication of why we set up the ACI, launched the ACI charter and committed our members to working towards full novel foods authorisation and standardisation of analytical testing methodologies.

* Methodology: This survey has been conducted using an online interview administered to members of the YouGov Plc UK panel of 800,000+ individuals who have agreed to take part in surveys. Read More

26 Jan, 2021

ACI in Ongoing Discussions with European Commission Relating to Novel Foods

With the European Commission (EC) stating that they will begin assessing novel food dossiers on CBD again, ACI started 2021 by engaging the EC in constructive dialogue regarding our consortium approach to novel food applications.

11 Jan, 2021

[Video] CBD 2021: The UK Opportunity

On 31 March 2021, guidelines set by the UK Foods Standards Agency (FSA) will come into effect and transform the CBD market, which is projected to be worth £1billion by 2025. In this 9 minutes long video you will learn from the experts in this space.

21 Dec, 2020

Food Standards Scotland Clarifies Their CBD Position to ACI and Our Members

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) clarified their position in relation to CBD in food products to the ACI. They emphasised, from a legal perspective, ingredients which are classified as novel foods are not permissible on the market until they have a full novel foods authorisation. However, they support a proportionate response by local authorities based on a companies commitment to gaining novel foods authorisation.

26 Jan, 2021

[BusinessCann] Compliant CBD Companies Call For Crackdown On UK’s Novel Food ‘Refuseniks’

After cumulatively spending tens of millions of pounds on Novel Food compliance many UK CBD companies may be left feeling frustrated come the end of March deadline.

On April 1. the much-touted and controversial Novel Food rules come into place for businesses in the CBD supply chain.

6 Jan, 2021

[NutraIngredients] Food Standards Scotland CBD position at odds with stance of UK counterpart

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has sought to clarify its position concerning the sale of CBD-related products, in a stance that clashes with the opinion set out by the UK Food Standards Authority (FSA).

4 Jan, 2021

[NutritionInsight] Holiday Roundup – In Brief: Regulation

NutritionInsight provides an overview of the various business developments over the holiday period and includes the clarification ACI received from FSS on their stance on CBD.