The use of cannabidiol (CBD) as an addition to food products and food supplements has seen a dramatic rise in the last few years, which is largely attributed to claims around the alleged benefits associated with its use. These include the reduction of anxiety and general improvement in mood.


CBD Regulation

The use of CBD is still relatively new and as such the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have classed it as a novel food. Food manufacturers looking to incorporate CBD into their products therefore need to first submit a Novel Foods application which must be approved by the regulatory authority, EFSA before they can take their products to market.


RSSL CBD Testing Services

For food businesses looking to make the most of this growing market, RSSL offers a range of services. We can also support you with your Novel Food application. We have both HPLC and LCMS methods and can work with you to determine which will be most appropriate for your product.

Support services include

  • A validated HPLC method for Cannabidiol in CBD isolates
  • A screen for 10 minor cannabinoids in products containing CBD
  • Stability assessment of CBD levels within your products
  • Generation of data for novel food submissions
  • Nanoparticle assessment


CBD Novel Food Application

RSSL can provide technical and analytical support to food businesses looking to develop products that include CBD as an ingredient and can support through the novel foods application process.

CBD is a cannabinoid, a compound found in hemp and marijuana plants. Regulations around its use vary depending on how and where it is being marketed. Within the UK and Europe, ingredients that were not in wide use before 1997 are considered to be novel ingredients – CBD falls within this category.

Businesses seeking to develop food products containing CBD as an ingredient are required to submit a Novel Foods dossier to the regulatory authority, who must approve the application before the products can be marketed legally.


How RSSL can help

The demand for food products containing CBD is growing and food businesses wishing to maximise on this opportunity need to first have their novel food approved. RSSL are here to help with:

  • Analytical and technical experts
  • UKAS accredited testing facilities
  • Fast turnaround of results when you need them
  • Friendly and professional service

  • Regulatory Consultancy Support

    Our team of experts can advise you on what analysis should be undertaken to meet the requirements for the submission.


    Analytical Support

    We have developed methods to detect and quantify CBD levels in oils and isolates. Where required we have the capabilities to perform further method development for the analysis of CBD in complex food matrices. We can also provide further analytical support including:

    • Analysis for impurities in CBD isolates and oils
    • Assessment of the stability of CBD levels in your product over time

    • Detection of other cannabinoids within oils and extracts (CBDV, CBG, CBD, THCV, CBDA, CBN, d9-THC, CBC, THCA and d8-THC)


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