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UK Becomes the First Country to Regulate CBD Market

The UK has recently become the first country to regulate orally consumed CBD products. Currently, CBD has been touted as a novel food group item or supplementary, but the new move to regulate CBD hopes to “de-risk” CBD (Cannabidiol) to spur innovation. With a clear set of guidelines for orally consumed CBD products, there is a growing likelihood of improvement in the sort of products offered.

In response to this move, the FSA (Food Standards Agency) and the ACI (Association for the Cannabinoid Industry) has created a list featuring CBD products. These products have been given the green light to remain on shelves in line with the UK’s new novel foods regulations. Products that do not appear on the list can no longer be sold.

Ensuring these guidelines are met by CBD products not only helps to ensure the quality and safety of products in England and Wales, but also for investors looking to take part in the CBD industry. Trading Standards will also be enforcing the new rules with immediate effect on retailers selling CBD products.

Regulating orally consumed CBD products

From February 13th, 2020, no new CBD extracts, isolates or associated final products using the novel ingredient CBD, are allowed to be sold until they receive the necessary authorisation. Products that were available beforehand were required to send an application for assessment by the FSA. The complete process of evaluation can take around a year to complete. One month is allowed for the validation process, then up to nine months for the risk assessment, and up to seven months for any subsequent risk management and authorisation decisions.

Most applicants will be manufacturers of CBD brands including us here at Xyfil. A detailed dossier must be provided for existing and new orally consumed CBD products.

There are three parts involved. Firstly, part one should contain all administrative data such as information relating to the applicant. Part two should contain information specific to the novel food (along with a list of references) such as:

  • identity of the novel food
  • production process
  • compositional data
  • specifications
  • the history of use of the novel food and/or its source
  • proposed uses and use level and anticipated intake
  • absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion
  • nutritional information
  • toxicological information and allergenicity

Part three should include the glossary or abbreviations of terms quoted in the dossier, certifications (on the accreditation of laboratories, certificates of analyses), full copies/reprints of all pertinent scientific data (published and unpublished), full study reports and scientific opinion of national/international regulatory bodies.

Ensuring the quality of the dossier, and the information provided significantly affects the time needed for assessment and authorisation.

Xyfil makes the process simpler for you

Brands can apply for authorisation of CBD extracts and isolates via our compliance and White Label service. We will guide you through the process and secure your products ready for sale. Here at Xyfil, we have worked on countless successful applications for CBD-based products. Our market-ready approach means less paperwork and less hassle in getting your business off the ground.

By working with us you can benefit from our purpose-built analytical laboratory, including patent-pending equipment for generating accurate emissions samples. Work with our dedicated scientists and let us handle your brand compliance from end to end. Get in touch today to get started on your CBD brand.

Popular CBD White Label Products Manufactured in the UK

Since 2017, CBD has seen an explosive increase in interest that has yet to slow down. This is possibly due to the legalisation of CBD in the US and UK, the largest markets for CBD, in 2018. Currently, the UK is the second-largest CBD market behind the US, with an industry worth of £700 million so far – and it’s forecasted to surpass one billion pounds by 2025. So, for those looking to join the CBD market, now is as good a time as ever. Creating your own CBD brand couldn’t be simpler when you manufacture with us here at Xyfil.

Preferred CBD products – the demand for CBD

In a recent study on CBD consumers in the UK, it was found that unsurprisingly the most preferred product type was CBD oil/drops followed by CBD vape and CBD pills/capsules.

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CBD Oil is mostly used as sublingual drops that are easy to use and offer a longer release of CBD. Much of the CBD market is made up of CBD Oil so creating a CBD Oil brand can be very competitive. Similarly, CBD vape has grown in popularity due to the convenience of disposable vapes and the quick absorption of the CBD.

How to start a CBD brand in 2022

There are several key steps you need to explore when looking at starting a CBD brand. Firstly, identifying your CBD product type and the niche you can offer can be the make or break of your brand. With many brands looking to step up to the CBD industry, knowing how you can set your products apart is essential for becoming a household brand.

Research is key

Research current products on the market and see if there are possibly any gaps you can use. If you’ve got an innovative new idea on how to introduce CBD to customers, then identify if this is something consumers are looking for. Perhaps you want to hit the popular product types with a new spin that only you can offer?

At Xyfil we offer a wide range of popular CBD products such as CBD oil, CBD vape and CBD creams & lotions. But we can also offer capabilities for many more CBD products due to our versatile manufacturing that can help you create bespoke CBD products. With anything from bath bombs to sleep sprays and more, your CBD product idea can become a reality with Xyfil.

Understand regulations around CBD

Another key aspect is to understand the regulations around CBD. Although CBD in the UK is largely unregulated there are still some laws you should be aware of. For example, the hemp used to create CBD products cannot contain more than 0.2% THC. You also need to know CBD is categorised as a novel food group or vape product – CBD products in the UK cannot have medical claims attached to them. The laws in the UK and US differ slightly, and in the US, there are also different laws for each state. Deciding where you wish to market your CBD products will impact on which regulations you need to adhere to.

Ensure the quality and safety of your products

Lastly, ensuring your CBD brand is made from quality CBD is an important step to creating a premium brand that is both safe and effective. CBD manufacturers that use organically grown CBD from certified hemp farms, particularly in the US, offer the highest quality of CBD hemp on the market. Organically grown hemp is the cleanest available due to there being no pesticides used in the cultivation process – hemp plants are notorious for absorbing everything around them in the air and soil.

You also want to ensure that their CBD is sourced specifically from hemp plants and not marijuana ones (as these contain higher levels of THC). Reputable CBD manufacturers will also be able to provide certificates of analysis (COA) detailing the product content.

Xyfil sources CBD from certified organic hemp farms in Colorado which go through extraction to become CBD Isolate – the purest form of CBD. We are even able to go the extra mile to re-add the terpenes and flavonoids removed from CBD during extraction, to improve the quality of CBD and give users the complete entourage effect without THC.

White label CBD manufactured in the UK

Xyfil are the proud manufacturer of one of the UK’s popular CBD brands, and award-winning CBD vape brand, Cali Greens. Sourced from premium CBD straight from Colorado hemp farms, we offer white label CBD manufacture and OEM CBD manufacture in the UK. Work with us to create your CBD brand and create an award-winning range of products. From flavour development, R&D, manufacturing, production, creative studio work and more, we can help you throughout any stage of the process.

Get in contact with us today to find out how we can help you tackle the UK CBD market.