Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., (D-NJ), along with Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Ranking Member Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today announced a bicameral Request for Information (RFI) to subject matter experts and stakeholders regarding Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of cannabidiol (CBD). 

KEY EXCERPTS

“Since hemp was descheduled five years ago, consumers, manufacturers, and policymakers have sought clarity regarding the legal status of CBD. Farmers, food and beverage groups, and state regulators have shared their policy priorities with Congress. Questions remain about the best way to provide a legal pathway to market for CBD products.” 

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“In January 2023, FDA announced that it would like to work with Congress to craft a legislative approach to the regulation of CBD products. We are assessing the potential for a regulatory pathway for hemp-derived CBD products that prioritizes consumer safety and provides certainty to the U.S. market.” 

The Members request responses to the RFI be submitted to CBD@mail.house.gov and CBD@help.senate.gov by August 18, 2023. 

The RFI’s requests and questions include: 

Please comment on the concerns FDA has raised with regard to regulating most CBD products through existing pathways (i.e., conventional foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics), and FDA’s view that there is a need for a new regulatory pathway for CBD products. If existing regulatory pathways are sufficient for regulating CBD products, please explain how these existing pathways can be used to address the concerns raised by FDA, as appropriate. How has the absence of federal regulation over CBD created a market for intoxicating, synthetically-produced compounds, such as Delta-8 THC, THC-O, THC-B, HHC-P, and others? How should a new framework for CBD products balance consumer safety with consumer access? What precedent exists in foods, dietary supplements, tobacco, and cosmetics for requirements of labeling to present risks to special populations in labeling (e.g., children, pregnant and lactating women, consumers taking certain drugs, etc.)? What amount and type of evidence has been required to support such requirements? 

CLICK HERE to read the full RFI. 

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