Media Coverage

15 Jul, 2020

[Food Navigator] UK cannabinoid industry spots opportunity as EC considers reclassifying CBD a narcotic

The UK could be set to emerge as a global leader in the research and development of CBD as a food ingredient after the news that the European Commission has postponed the Novel Food applications of non-synthetic CBD products as it decides whether to class non-synthetic CBD as a narcotic.

2 Jul, 2020

[Nutra Ingredients] CBD Novel Foods deadline fast approaching as firms embrace regulatory challenges

With UK FSA (Food Standards Agency) setting 31 March as the deadline for firms to have validated novel foods application for its #CBD products, how are firms responding to this challenge in the current climate?’

30 Jun, 2020

The ACI Partners with The ReLeaf CBD Podcast

The ACI is pleased to announce a partnership with The CBD Podcast by ReLeaf. The partnership commences with an interview with members of The ACI’s Regulatory and Compliance Unit, which is headed up by Dr Parveen Bhatarah. The team, which includes several new hires, ensures that our members are fully compliant with laws relating to cannabinoids.

26 Jun, 2020

[The Grocer] CBD will be removed from shelves next year, are you prepared?

The UK is the only market in the world where a clear regulatory framework exists for commercial adoption of CBD giving retailers the opportunity to participate in this huge market. However, they must ensure that their procurement process is able to identify the products that are fully safe and legal.

19 Jun, 2020

[Natural Products Global] ACI Launches CBD Safety Study Consortium as Novel Food Deadline Looms

UK trade body the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (The ACI) will lead a new CBD safety study consortium to generate data to assess the safety of CBD and evaluate dosage impacts.

19 Jun, 2020

[CBD Intel] Researchers on safety and toxicity confident of hitting UK deadlines

An industry association study of the safety and toxicity of cannabinoids is expected to be completed in time to meet submission deadlines to keep CBD-containing food, beverage and supplement products on the UK market.

19 Jun, 2020

[Food Navigator] CBD body announces safety study consortium as Novel Foods crunch time looms

Ahead of the UK Food Standards Agency’s 31 March 2021 deadline for CBD products to have a validated novel foods application, the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI), which works to create a safe, legal and well-regulated CBD market in the UK, says it will lead a consortium to study the safety of CBD and decide the ingredient’s recommended daily dose.

28 May, 2020

[Nutra Ingredients] FSA provides clarity to ACI members’ CBD Novel Foods Queries.

The ACI have received clarification from the Food Standards Agency regarding updated deadlines set for Cannabinoid firms to apply for Novel Foods.

21 May, 2020

[Health Europa] FSA provides clarification concerning CBD Novel Foods applications

The FSA clarified that several products may fall within the scope of a single CBD Novel Foods application, meaning that the finished product must be made with the applied for substance, for example, a CBD extract made by ‘X’ manufacturer, and that ‘the end use or presentation of the finished products is within the ‘uses’ identified by the application’, such as 5% CBD extract in oil.

21 May, 2020

[New Food Magazine] FSA clarifies CBD novel food application questions

Members from the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI) recently raised questions regarding CBD novel food dossier applications in the UK, and the FSA has now responded to their questions in a Q&A.

15 May, 2020

[New Food Magazine] Industry body in talks with LGC to standardise cannabinoid testing

The ACI has said it is an essential step towards standardisation for the industry, and the announcement comes after months of with an analytical testing laboratory, who scrutinised the produced protocols and demonstrated them to be ‘robust’.

15 May, 2020

[Times of CBD] ACI Cannabinoid Industry Authority to Develop Standardized CBD Testing in UK

A lack of harmonization in testing for cannabinoids led to important questions regarding product labeling and the analytical methodology used to declare the percentage of CBD and controlled cannabinoids on CBD products. Up to now there has been no standard analytical methodology for CBD product testing.

15 May, 2020

[Health MJ] UK Group Proposes Standardized CBD Testing System

The standardized cannabinoid testing will allow labs to detect levels to a higher degree of precision (approximately 0.0001%). Labs will identify whether samples contain more than 0.0001% of controlled cannabinoids (equivalent to 1mg/kg).

14 May, 2020

[Health Europa] ACI Lays foundation for harmonisation of cannabinoid testing

The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (The ACI) has today announced high-level discussions with the Laboratory of Government Chemists (LGC) that will focus on the development of a cannabinoid testing methodology.

14 May, 2020

[Natural Products Global] ACI Takes ‘Essential Step’ Towards CBD test standardisation

UK trade group the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry says it has entered into discussions wit international life sciences testing company LGC in a move it says represents an ‘essential step towards standardisation for the CBD industry’.

14 May, 2020

[Analytical Cannabis] The ACI Sets its First Standards for CBD Testing in the UK

The ACI announced today that, in partnership with the lab company Eurofins and the Laboratory of Government Chemists (LGC), a testing company and UK government advisor, it has set the first lab standards for detecting cannabinoids in CBD products sold in the UK.

14 May, 2020

[Business cann] Standardised Testing Regime Proposed For UK CBD Industry

The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI) today announced it is pressing ahead with trials on a new protocol in conjunction with UK Government chemists and testing firm Eurofins.

14 May, 2020

[Nutra Ingredients] CBD Industry body looks to lay foundation for standardised testing

The announcememt comes after months of work by the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry, led by the head of its Regulatory and Compliance Unit Dr Parveen Bhatarah, to define protocols for the analytical testing of #cannabinoids.

14 May, 2020

[Food Navigator] CBD industry body looks to lay foundation for standardisation testing

The Association for the Cannabinoid industry aims to create a safe, legal and well regulated CBD market in the UK.

7 May, 2020

[Hemp Industry Daily] Hemp groups pool resources to ensure path to CBD market in Europe

With time ticking down for CBD manufacturers to meet the UK’s deadline for having a validated EU novel food application in hand, two European hemp associations are pooling resources to meet the application’s requirements.

7 May, 2020

[Business Cann] CBD Industry Set To Launch Joint Trials To Ease Regulators’ Safety Concerns

AS regulators on both sides of the Atlantic harry an untethered and ‘unsafe’ CBD industry, signs of a co-ordinated response are emerging.

6 May, 2020

[New Food Magazine]Crunch time for UK CBD companies

With the deadline for novel food authorisation on the horizon for UK CBD companies, Shomi Malik, Development Director at The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI), outlines the steps that must be taken to ensure dossiers meet the required standards.

5 May, 2020

[Food Navigator] CBD and Novel Foods: A guide to who, what and when.

CBD is considered a novel food by European regulators. While many CBD products remain on the market, they have not been authorised by European authorities.

29 Apr, 2020

[Cannavist Magazine] Less than half of the CBD products on sale in the UK contain the amount advertised.

Professor Saoirse O’Sullivan, The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry Science Lead, said these UK findings are in line with similar studies conducted in other countries where CBD use has grown popular.

22 Apr, 2020

[HBW Insight] CBD Self-Regulation? UK Trade Association Launches Three-Tier Certification System

HBW Insight speaks to the founder of the UK’s Association for the Cannabinoid Industry, Steve Moore, about the organization’s new three-tier certification system for CBD products marketed in the country, designed to mirror the EU Novel Foods approval process as well as recent local regulatory changes.

22 Apr, 2020

[Food Navigator] Mile High submits CBD novelfoods dossier: ‘This paves the way for big companies operating in CBD’

Mile High Labs has submitted a European novel foods dossier for its CBD isolate.

15 Apr, 2020

[BBC Sounds] The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread, CBD.

Greg Foot talks to beauty columnist Sali Hughes and Saoirse O’Sullivan, an expert in cannabinoid research, to find out if these products really are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread.

3 Apr, 2020

[Nutra Ingredients] CBD industry group introduces member safety certification scheme

The Association for the Cannabinoid industry reveals details of a three-tiered certification scheme that looks to provide safety and quality assurances for cannabidiol (CBD) based products.

31 Mar, 2020

[Health Europa] The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (The ACI) today outlined new plans for The ACI CBD Safety Certification programme.

The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI) Certification is a key part of The ACI’s vision for a sustainable future for the UK CBD sector and further emboldens The ACI’s mission to nurture an industry that puts public safety first.

31 Mar, 2020

[The Grocer] Plans for CBD certification scheme launched ahead of FSA regulations

The programme will be composed of three tiers, each representing the necessary steps to gaining full novel foods authorisation

11 Mar, 2020

[Natural Products Global] Poll finds ‘overwhelming support’ for FSA CBD regulation

After being presented with the summary the 2056 survey participants were asked how much they supported or opposed the FSA’s decision. 74% had a positive reaction (25% indicating ‘strongly support’, 39% indicating ‘tend to support’).

11 Mar, 2020

[Pharmacy Business Magazine] Poll finds big support for FSA’s warning to CBD industry

Asked how much they supported or opposed the guidance – following an FSA review on the evidence of CBD products – 74 per cent returned a positive response, while only 8 per cent chose to oppose.

11 Mar, 2020

[NutraIngredients] CBD sector warms to UK 2021 novel foods deadline; German Ministry says some extracts don’t need NF approval

ACI spokesperson Steve Moore told NutrIngredients each of its 30 members were engaged in dossier construction 0 with some aspects as toxicology data being compiled collectively

11 Mar, 2020

[Health Europa] New poll finds overwhelming public support for FSA CBD regulation

The poll also gave insight into CBD usage and awareness in the UK population, highlighting that 71% of respondents were aware of CBD, with 16% of them having already purchased a CBD product.

11 Mar, 2020

CBD Poll Data (March 2020)

Fieldwork dates: 6th-9th March 2020Total sample size: 2065 adultsConducted by: YouGovOn Behalf of: The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry This survey data was collected and analysed by YouGov plc.  Please see the related press release : New Poll Finds Overwhelming Public Support For FSA CBD Regulation (11 March 2020) Methodology  This survey has been conducted […]

1 Mar, 2020

[Pharma Digital] Q&A: Talking Innovation with the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry

The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry was launched at the end of October, providing a platform to aid the development of a legally compliant, socially responsible and innovative CBD industry.

21 Feb, 2020

[PodBean] Podcast: The ACI experts discuss the recent FSA CBD announcement

Hayden Williamson from the Podcast CBD ReLeaf chats with The ACI Regulatory and Compliance Lead, Dr Parveen Bhatarah, The ACI Development Director, Shomi Malik, and Global Regulatory Services Dr Sarah Gaunt about the recent announcement from The Foods Standards Agency (FSA) regarding CBD. For more details on this see our FAQ.

20 Feb, 2020

[Talk Radio] The ACI’s Development and Quality Lead, Marc Burbidge, on Talk Radio

The ACI’s Development and Quality Lead, Marc Burbidge, discusses recent announcements by the FSA, regarding CBD, in this wide ranging chat with Alexis Conran on Talk Radio.

14 Feb, 2020

[Hemp Industry Daily] UK clears path for CBD food sales but adds dosage limits and safety deadline

British food regulators have given the CBD industry a little over a year to apply for safety evaluations in order to remain on shelves, a landmark advancement as many nations have yet to decide whether cannabidiol can be sold in food.

13 Feb, 2020

[The Times] CBD products could be removed from shelves in a year

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) today set a deadline of March 2021 for CBD manufacturers to prove their products are safe for human consumption, in a move that is expected to kill off a huge chunk of the industry because of the cost of conducting the necessary tests.

13 Feb, 2020

[BBC News] Cannabis oil products ‘could be off the shelves in a year’

Oils, snacks and drinks containing the cannabis extract cannabidiol (CBD) will be “taken off the shelves” next year if they do not gain regulatory approval.

13 Feb, 2020

[Pharmacy Business] FSA issues stark warning to CBD industry

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has asked CBD businesses to get their products registered by 31 March 2021 or risk being pulled. After the deadline, only products which have submitted a valid novel food authorisation application will be allowed to remain on the market.

13 Feb, 2020

[Huffington Post] The Murky World Of CBD Is Facing New Regulations – Here’s Why

At its current rate of growth, the CBD industry is predicted to be worth almost £1 billion per annum by 2025, eclipsing sales of vitamin D and vitamin C. Advocates suggest CBD has a host of health benefits, from easing anxiety and acne to soothing chronic pain.

13 Feb, 2020

[The Grocer] FSA sets CBD suppliers 2021 deadline to attain novel foods status

It comes after the European Food Safety Authority last year classified all extracts of hemp and derived products containing cannabinoids, including CBD, as novel foods – meaning they require pre-market authorisation.

18 Dec, 2019

[Health Europa] ACI announced as diamond partner at CBD Global Summit 2020

The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI) has announced its partnership with The Grocer as a diamond sponsor for the publication’s first ever CBD Global Summit.

10 Dec, 2019

[Pharmacy Business] CBD as ‘novel foods’ – ACI starts authorisation applications

The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI) says it has initiated the first steps towards processing applications from its raw-product manufacturing members for ‘novel foods’ authorisation.

15 Nov, 2019

[OpenAccess Gov] CBD market value expected to be almost £1 billion by 2025

Recent research commissioned by the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis has revealed that the UK CBD market is worth £300 million Cannabidiol, known more commonly as CBD, has seen a notable surge in popularity as a wellness product in recent years. In a study commissioned by the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis, the UK CBD market was […]

14 Nov, 2019

[Chemist & Druggist] Medical cannabis trade association launches with regulation charter

The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) has launched a trade association and introduced a quality charter for CBD manufacturers.

11 Nov, 2019

[Health Europa] Lack of regulation a barrier to trust in UK cannabis industry

Last week saw the launch of a ground-breaking new industry body to foster a legally compliant, socially responsible and innovative cannabinoid industry.

11 Nov, 2019

[Pharmacy Businss] New trade body for cannabinoid industry promises compliance and social responsibility

Following a six-month consultation with key stakeholders, a trade association for the cannabinoid industry was launched last week.

8 Nov, 2019

[Health Europa] How companies can sign up to the UK’s new CBD regulation body

Today marks the launch of the new regulatory body for CBD products in the UK. The new CBD regulation body, the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI), brings together leading businesses and experts and will be setting gold standards for the industry worldwide, aiming to nurture a safe, legal and well-regulated CBD market in the UK.

7 Nov, 2019

[Hemp Industry Daily] Amid EU limits on CBD foods, UK industry group launches new effort to stay on store shelves

A new industry group launching in the United Kingdom on Friday aims to get a reprieve from European rules enforcement by working with food regulators when selling CBD products, a departure from hemp producers who are seeking to undo the rules.

6 Nov, 2019

[Health Europa] New trade association launched to lead CBD industry regulation

Following an extensive six-month consultation with key stakeholders since the release of a landmark report ‘CBD in the UK‘, the new trade association, ACI, aimed at leading CBD industry regulation, is being launched at a ground-breaking CBD Summit on Friday, 8 November.

6 Nov, 2019

[Hub Publishing] New trade association to drive the charge for regulation in the CBD industry

Following an extensive 6-month consultation with key stakeholders since the release of a landmark report “CBD in the UK”, a new trade association is being launched today (Friday 8th November) at a ground-breaking CBD Summit.

5 Nov, 2019

[PharmiWeb] New trade association launches to drive the charge for regulation in the CBD industry

Members sign up to Charter for a legal, safe and regulated cannabinoid industry  Following an extensive 6-month consultation with key stakeholders since the release of a landmark report “CBD in the UK”, a new trade association is being launched today (Friday 8th November) at a ground-breaking CBD Summit. The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis’ conference sees the […]

5 Nov, 2019

[The Extract] Could your favourite CBD brand disappear?

The fledgeling CBD industry is going through a shakedown at the moment as the market matures. Bear with me while I take you through this story of power and control.

5 Nov, 2019

[Food & Drink Technology] New CBD trade association to be formed in UK

Following an extensive 6-month consultation with key stakeholders since the release of a landmark report CBD in the UK, a new trade association is being launched at a CBD Summit.

4 Nov, 2019

[Independent Pharmacist] New CBD trade association created to uphold standards

The new body, the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI), which was launched during a conference by the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) on Friday, set up a quality charter for the UK as it seeks to ensure patients’ safety is not compromised.

4 Nov, 2019

[Pharma Times] Trade association launched to ‘drive change’ for CBD regulation

A new trade association is being launched in the UK, following an extensive six-month consultation with key stakeholders since the release of a ”landmark” report dubbed “CBD in the UK”.

4 Nov, 2019

[Pharmacy Magazine] New CBD trade association created to uphold standards

A trade association has been formed to promote the legal, safe and regulated supply of cannabis-based products.

4 Nov, 2019

[P3 Pharmacy] New CBD trade association created to uphold standards

A trade association has been formed to promote the legal, safe and regulated supply of cannabis-based products.

31 Oct, 2019

[Canex] Association for the Cannabinoid Industry to be launched by the CMC

The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) has launched the new website for their new CBD industry body – the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI). The website outlines the new draft Quality Charter, set out by the CMC in collaboration with the regulatory consultants GRS.

17 Oct, 2019

[The Week] What is CBD oil and is it legal in the UK?

CBD oil has entered the mainstream in recent years, bringing with it zealous advocates and dismissive sceptics.