The ACI Certification

The 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. 

The ACI Certification is composed of three tiers, each representing the necessary steps to gaining full Novel Foods Authorisation from the appropriate regulatory bodies.

The ACI Certification
  • Tier 1 – Certified
    An ACI member has proven to comply with The ACI’s 7 pillar charter. This means that they have passed an audit*, from The ACI, verifying they have a quality management system in place that ensures they operate to best manufacturing standards. Expect companies to start displaying this mark on their products by the end of the summer 2020.

*due to current Covid-19 situation and restrictions
audits will be performed virtually

  • Tier 2 – Validated
    To gain The ACI Validation a company must have their Novel Foods application validated by the FSA (Food Standards Agency) and/or EFSA (European Food Safety Authority). The ACI will support its members throughout this process to ensure they submit appropriate scientific dossiers to receive validation. This is a legal requirement to keep products on the market in the UK after 31st March 2021. The first companies should gain this level by the end of 2020.
  • Tier 3 – Authorised
    This Certification will be granted when a company has had their Novel Foods application authorised by the FSA and/or EFSA. The ACI will support its members throughout this process. This will be subject to annual review.

The ACI Regulatory and Compliance Unit

To facilitate this new drive for safety and quality The ACI is establishing a new Regulatory and Compliance Unit, under the leadership of Dr Parveen Bhatarah, to support its members with both The ACI accreditation and Novel Foods dossier development.

Comprehensive Safety Assessments for CBD

The Novel Foods authorisation process is a safety assessment of CBD. The ACI is gathering, with the collaboration of toxicology experts, Novel Foods experts and our members, the necessary safety and toxicology data to build robust Novel Foods authorisation dossiers for The ACI members.

Submitting credible Novel Foods authorisation dossiers is the only way the industry can stay on UK shelves, as a food supplement, beyond the FSA’s deadline of 31 March 2021. 

The ACI Certification will finally give consumers and retailers confidence in CBD products on the market in the UK. This will give the UK an invaluable lead in the Global CBD industry.