Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold public hearings on CBD in April, according to statements made by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, during a recent House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. The purpose of the public hearing will be to start the rule-making process and gather stakeholder input on how the FDA can regulate hemp-derived CBD.
In addition, FDA will form a working group of senior officials and agency experts to advise the Commissioner on regulatory options. Gottlieb affirmed Congress wants a path for regulating food and dietary supplements containing CBD. Gottlieb said, “this is not a straightforward process. There’s not a good proxy for us doing this through regulation.”
The conceptual regulatory framework includes a pharmaceutical path and a path for food products and dietary supplements. Gottlieb specifically mentions FDA approved CBD epilepsy medication, Epidiolex and wanting to maintain a motivation to study CBD for pharmaceutical products by keeping a pharmaceutical regulatory framework.
Although Gottlieb declared his attention to the complexities of regulating CBD, he recently announced his April resignation for personal reasons, almost a year after his appointment as FDA Commissioner.
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