Funding For US FDA Work On Cannabinoids Regulatory Pathway Drives Progress Only So Far
FDA is conducting lab testing on CBD products with funding in its FY2021 appropriations, says senior agency advisor Sharon Mayl. Some work planned work in the area has been delayed by the agency's response to COVID-19.
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Appropriation Committee members target $5m for FDA's CBD policy work and suggest the agency enforce against noncompliant firms in their report accompanying legislation proposing the agency’s fiscal 2021 budget.
FDA has little in the way of good information it can list on its CBD policy agenda so far, says Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy. At recent regulatory conference, she said, "Like it or not, there is a massive human experiment going on right now. There’s CBD in most different product categories and people of many different backgrounds with potential vulnerabilities taking CBD."
Both Senate and House reports on FDA FY 2020 appropriation include requests for agency’s research, policy evaluation, market surveillance, issuance of an enforcement discretion policy and appropriate regulatory activities related to regulated products that contain hemp-derived CBD. House report, though, expresses stronger concern about exploding sales of potentially unsafe CBD supplements.