UK: Report into International Approaches to the Regulation of Novel Food Published

Today, the FSA announced it has published research that aims to capture different regulatory approaches and processes into GM and novel foods.

As the FSA continues to build its science and evidence base, following the UK’s departure from the EU, this report – which got underway in summer 2020 – will also help set out what systems operate around the world to regulate the international trade of these products.

Novel foods are defined as foods not consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU before 15 May 1997. In the UK, they are required to be authorized by the FSA before they can safely be placed on the market. Similarly, pre-market authorization is also required for products under Genetic Modification Regulations, if separate to Novel Food Regulations, stated the FSA in a press release.

“As a responsible and independent government regulator, with consumer interests at heart, it is vital that we continue to carry out research into all elements of the food system – and we are open and transparent in doing so.

“We are committed to retaining the highest possible food standards. Any possible changes to regulatory processes, whether relating to GMOs, novel foods, or anything else, would be a decision for ministers but we provide advice based on the very latest science and evidence available, ensuring that our absolute priority remains protection of public health.”, said FSA Chief Scientific Adviser Prof Robin May.

The full report with an excellent overview of the major cannabinoid markets can be found here.

Reviewed by Sasha Bajilo, founder of ILESOL Pharmaceuticals, an industrial scale producer of CBD products and formulations. Expert on Hemp/Cannabis policy, member of the Croatian Ministry of Health regulatory commission for medical cannabis.