The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry is a membership organisation committed to a safe, legal & well regulated cannabinoid market in the UK.
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Find out how we're strengthening our novel foods consultancy team to help CBD companies meet the FSA's March 31st 2021 deadline

The ACI celebrates our 1st year – here’s a look at what we’ve achieved


Understand how to keep products on the shelves after FSA’s 31 March 2021 deadline.


Identify compliant ingredient suppliers to open opportunities to work with more CBD brands.


Understand which brands and products to stock and why.

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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 Nov, 2020

9 December 2020 – CBD 2021: The UK Opportunity

At this event, that will take place on 9 December 2020, attendees will learn more about the potential of the UK CBD market, how upcoming changes to the UK legal framework could drastically reduce the number of market participants and how established companies can move into this space with the confidence their products are legally compliant.

19 Nov, 2020

ACI Welcomes CJEU CBD Ruling

The ACI welcomes today’s ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which marks a landmark day for the CBD industry.

19 Nov, 2020

ACI Meets Demand For Novel Foods Advice By Strengthening Regulatory Consultancy Team

The ACI is pleased to announce an additional new hire to enable us to meet the demand from CBD companies seeking guidance from our Regulatory Consultancy Team to finalise their novel foods applications.

23 Nov, 2020

[Health Europa] EU court rules CBD is ‘not a narcotic’

The ruling is a boost to the CBD sector in Europe after the EU decision to potentially classify CBD as a narcotic. The court stated that: ‘A Member State may not prohibit the marketing of cannabidiol (CBD) lawfully produced in another Member State when it is extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant in its entirety and not solely from its fibre and seeds.’ And that: ‘the provisions on the free movement of goods within the European Union (Articles 34 and 36 TFEU) are applicable, since the CBD at issue in the main proceedings cannot be regarded as a ‘narcotic drug’.’

23 Nov, 2020

[New Food Magazine] CBD: What companies and retailers need to know

The CBD sector is notoriously confusing. Here, the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry offers sound advice for staying ahead and remaining compliant.

20 Nov, 2020

[Food Navigator] ‘A breakthrough for the market’: Europe’s highest court rules CBD is not a narcotic

Europe’s CBD market is optimistic a ruling from the EU’s highest court not to classify the ingredient a narcotic – going against the European Commission’s shock preliminary view in July – will pave the way for Novel Food applications for CBD products to re-start.

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled CBD is not a narcotic drug as it “does not appear to have any psychotropic effect or any harmful effect on human health”.​

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