Food Supplement Guidelines for CBD Products

If you’re looking to set up your own CBD products you’re going to want to know the food supplement guidelines like the back of your hand.

To sell CBD products, you must first meet the food supplement guidelines for CBD products. Food supplement guidelines are a set of steps you must meet to ensure the safety of the product.

Food supplement guidelines have been around much longer than CBD, however, as CBD is now considered a supplement, and in some cases used for baked goods and gummies, these guidelines must be enforced to ensure the safety of the product.

The European Food Safety Authority, or EFSA, for short, are the ones who lay down the rules for all novel foods that are placed on the European market.

However, as of current the guidance for CBD products on this market are minimal. With that being said, there are some fairly standard guidelines that should be followed.

The remainder of this article will highlight these guidelines, which need to be followed when creating and marketing your CBD products.

Avoiding medical claims for CBD products

It’s important to avoid medical claims on all CBD products. For example, you cannot say that your CBD oil cures arthritis or anxiety. Instead, you may choose to say your CBD oil may alleviate arthritis and anxiety symptoms.

Although the difference is subtle, it’s especially important to get this right.

Labeling requirements for CBD

Alongside avoiding medical claims, you must also meet their labeling requirements for all food supplements – including CBD.

There are many different labeling requirements for CBD products, these include:

  • Recommended guidelines for daily consumption
  • A warning to not exceed these guidelines
  • A statement indicating your CBD product to be kept out of reach of young children
  • Names of the nutrients and/or categories that describe your CBD product or the nature of the nutrients or substances
  • A statement mentioning your ‘food supplement’ not be used as a substitute for a healthy/varied diet
  • A list of ingredients (in ml or grams) – this must include the mg amount of cannabidiol included in your CBD product
  • A best before date
  • Storage conditions (e.g. store in a cool dark place)

Finally, your CBD product must contain the words “food supplement”. This is to make explicitly clear to consumers that it is edible and meant for consumption.

You can be more specific than this if you wish, for example, food supplement containing hemp.

You must adhere to food supplement guidelines

As CBD products fall under the category of food supplements, you cannot make medical claims regarding your product. You must treat your product as a food supplement, adhering to these guidelines as well as those for CBD.

For more information from the EFSA on food supplement guidelines click here.

Company name/manufacturer

Your CBD product must also clearly state the name and manufacturer of the product. If selling within the European market it’s important for your address to be in the EU – you must be able to be reached by mail, not e-mail and not via telephone.

Check: CBD Legality in Europe – what are the rules for businesses?

If your CBD product contains organic ingredients

If your CBD product makes claims towards including organic ingredients, sufficient evidence must be provided to support these claims. Likewise, in order to make this claim on your CBD product label, you must first register with a recognized organic control body.

For more information on this, you can click here.

CBD: B2B offer

We completely understand the struggle of keeping up with the novel food and EFSA regulations, and our goal is to simplify the process for our customers. Our specialists are here to help you understand how the CBD market works so that you can benefit from its potential. Here’s what Eir Health can offer you on your way to succeed in the CBD market.

Eir Pharma
We can help you improve your pharmaceutical potential by creating your active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) with full COA by Eurofins and EU GMP Pharma Certificates. At Eir Health, we continuously invest in science innovation to ensure the products we formulate comply with all the regulations. With us, you don’t need to worry about any rules or novels. We perform independent third-party lab testing to attest to the quality of our products with the help of unbiased certified sources.

Eir Bulk
We run one of the most high-tech hemp extraction facilities in Europe through a tightly controlled and quantitatively-defined method, which gives you a broad spectrum of possibilities. Thanks to this, we’re able to produce for you almost any CBD form you need. Isolates, distillate, full-spectrum oils, crystals, extracts, oil drops, pills, balms, or water solubles? There are no limits for us! Our team of experts can prepare an impressive variety of products, from isolates of single cannabinoids to more complex formulations, in compliance with verified practices and strictly followed policies.

Eir White label
White labeling is a great way to fast track your CBD business. You can essentially start with little to no cash, investing in what you can afford and re-selling these as you go. At Eir Health, we take pride in our in-depth knowledge of the industry, and we firmly believe that our years of experience with a prolific B2C brand can benefit our partners in building their own. So if you're looking for an experienced companion to help you start a new product line, you've come to the right address!

For more demanding customers we offer custom-made solutions. Just send us a brief containing the most important details about your project or set up a call with our friendly team, always dedicated to guiding you throughout the process, and make sure you pick the most suitable products. We’re here for you!

The bottom line

No matter whether your CBD product is new to the market or has been around for years, it’s important to follow the food supplement guidelines.

As CBD is technically considered a food product, these guidelines must be followed to ensure safe use of your product. These include the recommended dosage, keeping out of reach of children, and providing storage instructions.

Failure to adhere to these guidelines set by the EFSA will result in your product not being allowed to be sold on the European market. Therefore, it’s worth spending the time working on and adhering to these guidelines from the get-go, ensuring your product is of the highest standard.