NIHC Welcomes FDA Draft Enforcement Discretion Policy

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a proposal for CBD enforcement policy clearing the way for the agency to begin ensuring the safety of consumer CBD products.

“We see this as a very significant first step to provide some basic quality parameters for our industry and protect consumers from unscrupulous operators,” said Patrick Atagi, Chairman of the National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC).  “We continue to support the development of a full regulatory scheme for cannabinoid products but have said for quite some time that an enforcement discretion policy with appropriate requirements for industry is the best first step.”

In March, the NIHC formed the Consumer Protection Task Force, bringing together hemp industry leaders and allies to form recommendations and guide FDA’s work on enforcement discretion. The NIHC consumer protection task force is scheduled to meet with FDA on Monday.

It’s also expected today that the House of Representatives will pass a bill an agriculture spending bill that will include funding for the FDA to develop a framework for regulating CBD products.

“We believe that consumers have a right to know and today’s actions provide reassurance to consumers to know that there is an ongoing process to make sure the CBD products they’re taking are safe,” said Atagi.

About the National Industrial Hemp Council: The National Industrial Hemp Council provides high-quality networking and resources for its members, from farm to consumer. Its leadership is composed of leading international, federal, state, private industry, and government professionals throughout the sector. The organization is dedicated to furthering market development, assisting members in entering the industry, and educating consumers on industrial hemp and its applications. For more information please go to www.hempindustrial.com.